The Federal Government is set to commence the enrolment of the third batch of N-Power beneficiaries next week.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Deputy Director Information at the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, on Friday.
According to the ministry, the decision to enrol the third batch of the scheme was made following consultations and a review of the submissions on the effective reformation of the programme.
It also explained that the enrolment will provide opportunities for more Nigerian youths to access the programme.
The ministry added that the current enrollees of the scheme (Batch A) will exit June 30, 2020 while (Batch B) will exit the programme on July 31, 2020.
“We have commenced the transitioning of beneficiaries from Batches A and B into government entrepreneurship schemes and engaging private sector bodies to absorb some of the beneficiaries after the completion of psychometric assessment to determine competency and placement into various opportunities,” the statement read quoting the Minister, Sadiya Farouq.
“The Federal government is committed to the continuation and expansion and as such will now begin enrolment and onboarding of a new Batch of beneficiaries. Skills acquisition for entrepreneurship and job creation are critical for an economy that will require a boost post-COVID-19 and we are gearing up proactively for the challenge,” the ministry added.
According to the ministry. the applications will be conducted using a hybrid system of enrolment to ensure that all Nigerians are given an opportunity to participate.
“The online portal would be open to receive applications from noon on June 26, 2020 and will provide a level playing field for all applicants.
“As part of the Ministry’s reforms to make the programme more efficient, all applicants must supply their Bank Verification Number (BVN) in their application to ensure a streamlined and transparent selection process.”
The ministry further explained that once applications are submitted, it will review submissions and publish a list of successful applicants. It however noted that past beneficiaries will not be eligible to participate in the application process.
The N-Power Programme was inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2016 under the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) with the mandate of lifting citizens out of poverty through capacity building, investment, and direct support.
The programme has enrolled 500,000 beneficiaries so far with 200,000 from Batch A which started in September 2016 and 300,000 from Batch B which kicked off in August 2018.