The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development of Nigeria, Sadiya Farouq has said that "efforts are in high gear to clear the stipends for Batch A and B before onboarding the new set of beneficiaries", AllNews reports.
Farouq made this known in thread tweets on her verified handle on Sunday evening.
My Week in 10 tweets— Sadiya Umar Farouq (@Sadiya_farouq) August 16, 2020
The N-Power Batch C application portal closed on Sunday August 9, 2020 after receiving over 5m applications. As we embark on the review process, efforts are in high gear to clear the stipends for Batch A and B before onboarding the new set of beneficiaries. pic.twitter.com/hHru6xjVFH
Farouq has come under heavy criticism for her handling of the famed N-Power scheme
With this latest update, the erstwhile beneficiaries can heave a slight sigh of relief.
Meanwhile, there are massive calls from the exiting N-Power beneficiaries for the Federal Government to retain them - instead of dispatching them.
Furthermore, some of them moan that the mooted exit package being proposed by the Humanitarian Affairs Ministry is vague.
The N-Power was introduced in 2016 as part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s National Social Investment Programme (NSIP), aimed at curbing the incessant increase of unemployment and poverty in the country.
Apart from the monthly stipends, some Batch A beneficiaries were given tablet computers to aid further learning. N-Power had five components, which were N-Teach, N-Tax, N-Health, N-Agro, and N-Build.
Out of the SIP components, the N-Teach subcomponent was the most popular, due to a large number of youth deployed to teach in public schools.