The Federal Government says the enrolment for Batch C scheme of the N -Power Programme which started on June 26 will now close on August 8 .see more details below.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development , Sadiya Umar- Farouq , who disclosed this via Twitter on Sunday night, said over 5 million applications have been received for the scheme.
The Federal Government plans to enrol 400, 000 applicants in the Batch C scheme.
The PUNCH had earlier reported that some N – Power beneficiaries who are about to exit the programme held a rally at the National Assembly Complex last week, requesting FG to employ them as well as pay them a grant of N 600, 000 each .
Providing an update on the development, the minister said on Sunday, “ I received the news of a protest at the National Assembly by N – Power Batch A and B beneficiaries who presented a list of demands which we are reviewing and will address as practically possible .
“ Let me reiterate that the exiting of Batch A and B is not punitive but as a means of providing an opportunity for their brothers and sisters to also access the programme. Batch A and B beneficiaries remain our pride and worthy ambassadors.
One month after the portal opened for Batch C applications, we are happy to announce that we have received over 5 m applications underlining enthusiasm for the programme.
“ In a bid to extend the opportunity to all Nigerians and ensure it is truly inclusive , the portal will close at midnight on August 8th, 2020. ”
The N- Power Programme was inaugurated by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd. ) , in 2016 under the National Social Investment Programme.
The programme aims to lift citizens out of poverty through capacity building, investment and direct support .