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FG Concludes N-power April Stipends, Set for Reform

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The payment of April stipends to N-Power beneficiaries have been concluded, the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has said.

The Minister of agency Sadiya Umar Farouq explained that the delay of the stipends payment was due to some platform technicalities.

She said this in a statement from the ministry’s deputy director of information, Rhoda Illiya.

“Last week I promised that the stipends would be paid this week. We encountered some delays on the GIFMIS platform but I can now announce that all N-Power beneficiaries from Batch A and B have been paid their April stipends.” She said.

Farouq added that “We are working hard to streamline the programme for greater efficiency and to provide opportunities for more Nigerian youths. Details will be provided as soon May stipend has been paid.”

President Buhari in 2016 inaugurated the N-Power Programme under the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) with the mandate to lift citizens out of poverty through capacity building, investment, and direct support.

The programme also is aimed at contributing to the administration’s vision of lifting 100 million people out of poverty by creating opportunities to enhance the productivity of the Nigerian youth, with  500,000 beneficiaries thus far – 200,000 from Batch A which started in September 2016 and 300,000 from Batch B which kicked off in August 2018.

The beneficiaries were supposed to spend 24 months on the programme but Batch A beneficiaries have spent over 40 months.

 

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