N-Power: FG To Enroll New 1m Beneficiaries, Clears Outstanding Payment
The federal government, through the office of the Honorable Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, revealed that the federal government had approved all outstanding payments to NPower beneficiaries.
The minister added that the federal government is approaching the inclusion of one million beneficiaries in batch C of the social investment program.
The Minister announced this in Abuja in 2021. On Thursday, May 27, in response to an interview she gave during a seminar organized by the ministry on effective media reporting.
The Minister explained that N-Power remains another aspect of the national social investment program, which is designed to reduce the rising levels of poverty, unemployment and social insecurity in the country.
Doubling the number of N-Power beneficiaries from 500,000 to one million is thought to be a response to President Buhari’s promise to mark Workers’ Day.
Mr Farouq, meanwhile, linked the previous payment delay to the challenges faced by her ministry with the government’s integrated financial management information system.
However, she explained that the Office of the Accounting Officer had found that out of the 516,600 beneficiaries whose data had been received in April, about 14,020 had not been paid, given that their account details were already available in other ministries, departments and agencies.
Farouq assured that once the general accountant resolves the matter, the benefit would be granted to eligible individuals.
The Minister expressed satisfaction that approximately one million households and 5.6 million persons have already been recorded in the conditional cash transfer, while a further 1,000,000 households and a batch of 5,600,000 persons are planned to be accommodated in the BMT area.
The N-Power program launched in 2016 Established by the Nigerian federal government, it was designed to recruit young graduates with a monthly stipend of N30,000 to reduce unemployment and crime rates among young Nigerians.