During his Democracy Day broadcast on June 12, the President applauded the Npower programme, remarking that the government’s social investment programme had continued to be a model to other countries.
The N-Power Programme was inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari as a two-year programme for graduate and non-graduate Nigerians between the ages of 18-35. In 2016 under the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) with the obligation of lifting citizens out of poverty through capacity building, investment, and direct support. The beneficiaries enjoy N30, 000 monthly stipend, and devices during the period of their stay in the scheme in exchange for services offered comprising teaching, agric extension services, health, etc.
The N-Power Programme has enrolled 500,000 beneficiaries so far – 200,000 from Batch A which started in September 2016 and 300,000 from Batch B which kicked off in August 2018. The beneficiaries were supposed to spend not less than 24 months on the programme and were spread across the key industries targeted by the program – Agriculture, Health, Education, and Tax.
According to the Honorable Minister, Sadiya Umar Farouq, “we have initiated the transitioning of beneficiaries from Batches A & B into government entrepreneurship schemes and engaging private sector bodies to engage some of the beneficiaries after the accomplishment of psychometric assessment to decide competency and placement into various opportunities.
The Federal government is devoted to the continuation and expansion and as such will now begin enrolment and onboarding of a new Batch of beneficiaries. Skills acquisition for entrepreneurship and job creation are vital for an economy that will require a boost post-Covid-19 and we are gearing up proactively for the challenge.”
Applications will be conducted using a hybrid system of enrolment to ensure that all Nigerians are given an opportunity to participate. As a Ministry that caters for the vulnerable, we will also make special considerations for Persons living with disabilities.
The online portal would be open to receive applications from noon on June 26, 2020 and will provide a level playing field for all applicants. As part of the Ministry’s reforms to make the programme more effective, all applicants must supply their Bank Verification Number (BVN) in their application. This is to ensure a streamlined and transparent selection process. The ministry further explained that once applications are submitted, it will review submissions and publish a list of successful applicants.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq has disclosed plans by the federal government to enroll more women into the N-Power scheme. According to the Minister who spoke during an inter-ministerial dialogue in Abuja on Wednesday, the move is part of efforts to restructure and make the N-Power programme more efficient. She added that as part of the process, beneficiaries of the N-power scheme will henceforth serve for less than two years in the scheme.