By Chimezie Godfrey
Recall that the N-Power Programme was inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2016 under the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) with the mandate of lifting citizens out of poverty through capacity building, investment, and direct support.
The commencement of the Batch C enrolment is sequel to far reaching consultations and a review of the submissions on the reform and realignment of the programme for greater efficiency.
Batch C is also being enrolled to provide opportunities for more Nigerian youths to access the programme, in furtherance of the President’s vision of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by creating opportunities that will enhance the productivity of the Nigerian youths for entrepreneurship.
In view of these, the Minister, Sadiya Umar Farouq has announced that Batch A will exit June 30, 2020 and Batch B will exit the programme on July 31, 2020.
“We have commenced the transitioning of beneficiaries from Batches A & B into government entrepreneurship schemes and engaging private sector bodies to absorb some of the beneficiaries after the completion of psychometric assessment to determine competency and placement into various opportunities.
“The Federal government is committed 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 critical 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,” she stated.
Farouq said that 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.
According to her, as part of the Ministry’s reforms to make the programme more efficient, all applicants must supply their Bank Verification Number (BVN) in their application.
“This is to ensure a streamlined and transparent selection process.
“Once applications are submitted, the Ministry will review submissions and publish a list of successful applicants. Past beneficiaries are not eligible to participate in the application process.