Last updated on December 24th, 2021 at 08:44 pm
Five million beneficiaries will join the N-Power programme before May 29, 2023, the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development has disclosed.
The youth empowerment programme is an initiative of the Buhari-led ruling All Progressive Congress (APC). The second term of Muhammadu Buhari would come to an end on May 29, 2023, and has directed the ministry in charge to increase beneficiaries of the programme by five million.
The programme was launched in 2016 with 200,000 graduates as pioneer beneficiaries selected across the country. In 2017, it opened its portal for application and 300,000 graduates were selected.
At the time of publication, the programme is on its third batch of recruitment tagged batch C, stream 1, which has selected and posted 510,000 beneficiaries (graduates: 450,000 and 60,000 non-graduates) in total across the country, and promised to release bach C, stream 2 in due time.
At the time of this report, the first payment for the N-Power batch C, stream 1 was ongoing. The graduates earn NGN30,000 as monthly stipend while the non-graduates receive NGN10,000.
Speaking at an event in Nasarawa State under the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme, the minister, Sadiya Farouq, disclosed that she has gotten the nod of the president to accommodate five million unemployed youths into the programme.
“This is in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directives for the expansion of the programme to accommodate an additional five million beneficiaries.”
The minister was represented by a Deputy Director in the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Daguleng Ishaku, who handed over cooking utensils to beneficiaries of the Home-Grown School Feeding Programme, one of the programme under the National Social Investments Programmes (NSIP)