The enrolment exercise for a new group (Batch C) of N-Power beneficiaries set to begin on June 26, the Federal Government announced on Friday.
However, it was revealed that the online portal for the program would be open for applications from noon on June 26, adding that all applicants must supply their Bank Verification Numbers for transparency.
The N-Power Programme was inaugurated by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in 2016 under the National Social Investment Programme.
The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development stress that the commencement of the Batch C enrolment was a sequel to consultations.
It was also revealed on Friday that the move was following a review of the submissions on the reform and realignment of the program for greater efficiency.
“Batch C is also being enrolled to provide opportunities for more youths to access the program in furtherance of the President’s vision of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by creating opportunities to strengthen the productivity of youths for entrepreneurship,” the ministry said in a statement issued in Abuja.
Furthermore, the ministry stated that in view of these, Batch A beneficiaries of the scheme would exit on June 30, 2020, while those in Batch B would exit the program on July 31, 2020. It said past beneficiaries were not eligible to participate in Batch C.
Commenting on the development, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar-Farouq, said, “We have commenced the transitioning of beneficiaries from Batches A and B into government entrepreneurship schemes.
“We are also 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 ministry also added that applications would be conducted using a hybrid system of enrolment to ensure that all Nigerians were given an opportunity to participate.
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