FG Announces commencement of N-Power Batch C enrolment

If you want to be part of the N-Power programme of the Federal Government here’s opportunity for you to join the batch C of the programme.

You have to get the procedure clearly so that once the portal opens you will not have problem providing what is required to be part of the programme. Both batches A and B are about to be pushed out by the Federal Government to make way for the Batch C.

The Federal Government has announced the commencement of enrolment for a new batch of N- Power beneficiaries effective June, 26 this month, RADIO NIGERIA reports.

This is contained in a statement released by the Deputy Director Press, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Rhoda Iliya.

It states that the minister Hajiya Sadiya Umar- Farouq, said the commencement of the Batch C enrolment is the sequel to far-reaching consultations and a review of the submissions on the reform and realignment of the programme for greater efficiency.

According to the statement, the exercise will provide opportunities for more Nigerian youths to access the programme, in furtherance of President Muhammadu Buhari’s vision of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty and enhance productivity.

“In view of these, the Ministry has announced that Batch A will exit June 30, 2020, and Batch B will exit the programme on July 31, 2020. We have commenced the transitioning of beneficiaries from Batches A & 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 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.”

It further stated that the applications will be conducted using a hybrid system to ensure that all Nigerians are given an opportunity to participate.

“As a Ministry that caters for the vulnerable, we will also make special considerations for Persons living with disabilities”

“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. This is to ensure a streamlined and transparent selection process.

The Ministry, had earlier in the month disclaimed that there was plans by the Federal Government to absorb beneficiaries of the N-Power Programme into the Federal Civil Service following stories making rounds on the social media that President Muhammadu Buhari would on June 12 announce the engagement of the outgoing N-Power Batch A volunteers into the Nigerian civil service as part of their exit package.

The N-Power Programme has enrolled 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 not less than 24 months on the programme and were spread across the key industries targeted by the program – Agriculture, Health, Education, and Tax.

The current beneficiaries from Batches A and B are scheduled to transit the programme by July 31, 2020, with plans already in place to transition them into entrepreneurship.

 

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Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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