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President Buhari 'Goofs' On Famed N-Power Scheme In National Broadcast

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday evening seem to have made a mistake as regards the N-Power programme during his much-followed national broadcast, AllNews reports.

Addressing Nigerians on the unrest occurring in some parts of the country, Buhari had asked young persons to take advantage of initiatives like the N-Power programme, principally targeted at youths.

However, instead of naming N-Tech and N-Agro as part of the N-Power programme, the president chose to segregate it.

Buhari had said: "Government has put in place measures and initiatives principally targeted at youths, women and the most vulnerable groups in our society.

"These included our broad plan to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years; the creation of N75 billion National Youth Investment Fund to provide opportunities for the youths and the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Survival Fund, through which government is:

a. paying three months salaries of the staff of 100,000 micro, small – and medium – enterprises,
b. paying for the registration of 250,000 businesses at the Corporate Affairs Commission,
c. giving a grant of N30,000 to 100,000 artisans; and
d. guaranteeing market for the products of traders.

These are in addition to many other initiatives such as;
a. Farmermoni,
b. Tradermoni,
c. Marketmoni,
d. N-Power,
e. N-Tech and
f. N-Agro.

"No Nigerian Government in the past has methodically and seriously approached poverty-alleviation like we have done."

N-Power and Nigeria's Social Investments Programmes

AllNews maintains that N-Tech and N-Agro are sub-components of the famed N-Power scheme - not an entirely separate initiative from the N-Power scheme.

N-Tech and N-Agro are NOT different from N-Power. They are under N-Power.

Some of the Buhari government's initiatives under the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs' supervision of the National Social Investment Programmes (NSIPs) are N-Power, Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP), Conditional Cash Transfer and the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme.

Of all, N-Power is the most popular graduate programme.

There were approximately 500, 000 Nigerian youths who are beneficiaries of the scheme.

N-Teach had most volunteers, posted to primary and secondary schools.

Other sub-components of N-Power were N-Tax and N-Health.

Like N-Teach volunteers, N-Agro and N-Health were paid a monthly paid of N30, 000 (approximately 79 US Dollars).

READ ALSO: N-Power Transition: '#EndSARS Protests Won't Interrupt Our Struggle'

Recall that Batch A beneficiaries exited the N-Power programme on June 30 after four years in the famed scheme, while their Batch B counterparts officially made their exit on July 31st - after two years.

Meanwhile, these Nigerian youths are currently in the dark regarding their exit/transition package.

The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs is currently in the process of recruiting Batch C.

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