The N-Power programme was crafted to aid the youth in Nigeria (who are citizens), between the ages of 18 to 35, to acquire and develop life-long skills and are given a stipend of N30,000 monthly. The stipend as proposed by the government will empower t...
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The N-Power programme was crafted to aid the youth in Nigeria (who are citizens), between the ages of 18 to 35, to acquire and develop life-long skills and are given a stipend of N30,000 monthly. The stipend as proposed by the government will empower them to provide their needs and also through the initiative, learn the skills required in their chosen interested sectors.
It is a known fact that the N-Power initiative has come to stay, and has been helping a great many youth since it's inception. However, the FG has gone in another swoop to things around even for much better.
To begin with, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, in a recent report concluded that there are discussions being made to make sure that those who have completed their N-Power series and have exited it including other N-Power beneficiaries who are eligible, are absorbed into government programmes. This has been a deliberation that will prevail subsequently.
Umar-Farouq also explained that the Batches A and B N-Power beneficiaries knew from the beginning as they were informed that the programme was for 24 months. She said the non-alignment of Batch A beneficiaries after 24 months was done out of exigencies of the time. The minister disclosed that exiting Batches A and B after 40 and 24 months respectively was properly in accordance with the conditions and terms mandated at the time of their induction.
On Thursday, 27th August, Farouq made a statement in Abuja duely delivered by her Assistant on Media, Nneka Anibeze. She mentioned that exited beneficiaries should exercise more patience and await the result of her compounding efforts.
“We have directed Focal Persons of National Social Investment Programmes in the states to submit an updated list of the exited N-Power beneficiaries that are interested in participating in the transition plans of the ministry.
“Meanwhile, approval has been given for the payment of the outstanding stipends for the exited N-Power Batches A and B beneficiaries. The approval for payments for up to the month of June, 2020 for the two Batches has already been forwarded to the office of the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) for final checks and payments.
“The only outstanding approval waiting to be forwarded to AGF’s Office is for the payment of July Stipends for batch B beneficiaries,” she said. The ministry said it had requested for the details of those affected and the reasons for their rejection from the AGFʼs office and promised to communicate that to the affected beneficiaries.
“However, if the rejection was done in error, those affected should rest assured that they will be paid all that is due to them as soon as the error is rectified by the AGFʼs office,” the statement added.