N-Power Transition: FG To ‘Sack’ Over 200,000 Beneficiaries (See When)
N-Power beneficiaries with Presidential Aide Mrs Maryam Uwais/Twitter
The Federal Government is working on “disengaging” over 200,000 beneficiaries of the N-Power scheme, a top presidential adviser has disclosed.
Concise News reports that Maryam Uwais, senior special assistant to the President on social investment, in an interview with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) said she in talks with the finance ministry on the next plan.
“We are trying to see how we can address some of these gaps through these N-Power beneficiaries that are meant to be disengaged by end of the year,” Uwais said.
“We are looking out loans to be made available to them, it has not be finalized yet with the finance ministry,” she added.
In 2017, the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Job Creation and Youth Employment,, Afolabi Imoukhuede, said no fewer than 200,000 out of 500,000 youths targeted had been empowered for the first batch of the scheme in 2016.
Although the 2016 beneficiaries were due to be released in 2018, the Nigerian government had since said it had a ‘big plan’ for the beneficiaries.
“The 2016 beneficiaries will proceed into an enhancement programme as you continue to give your service and earn your monthly stipend,” the government said in a statement in October 2018.
The federal government noted that “the details of the N-Power Enhance will gladden” and hinted that the enhancement plan is a “multi-sector, multilayered and multi-pronged” one.
The message outlined that the beneficiaries have options of transitioning to community police, teaching, farming and mobile agents and access to 100,000 naira loan to start a community business.
The mobile money agent tagged SANEF (Shared Agent Network Expansion Facility) is powered by Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Curiously, no official statement about the transition yet.
However, some volunteers have expressed difficulties in activating their options, while some others beneficiaries have been able to activate their options.
The N-Power programme is for young Nigerians between the ages of 18 and 35.
The FG says the main policy thrust of the N-Power scheme is to harness large-scale skill development in the country.
Every month, the Nigerian government spends about N15 billion as stipends on over 500,000 volunteers of the N-Power scheme, a component of the National Social Investment Programmes (N-SIP).
These beneficiaries earn a monthly stipend of N30, 000 (approximately 83 USD).
Dubbed as the largest post-tertiary employment programme in Africa, the Muhammadu Buhari government sees the scheme as one of its major achievements.
Headquartered under the office of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, N-Teach is the most popular of the N-SIP, which also focuses on health, agriculture and public finance in the graduate category of the scheme.
Two batches have been recruited since the launch of the programme in 2016.