Muhammadu Buhari, the president of Nigeria has ordered the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to increase beneficiaries of the N-Power program by 5,000,000.
Haven’t heard of N-Power program? Well, the N-Power program is a youth empowerment scheme of the Federal Government under the National Social Investment Program that gives a platform to skill acquisition and development for countless recipients.
Giving an update on the program at the handing over of feeding utensils by the humanitarian ministry to recipients of another NSIP scheme, the National Home-Grown School Feeding Program, in Nasarawa State, the Humanitarian Affairs Minister, Sadiya Farouq disclosed President Buhari ordered that the ministry should add more N-Power beneficiaries.
According to her, the Batch-C of the scheme, which conceded more than 1,000,000 people, had been inaugurated.
She additionally revealed that the NSIP was the government’s key social protection instrument for some vulnerable Nigerians.
“We have recently inaugurated the Batch C N-Power scheme, which is aimed at helping over one million unemployed Nigerian youths to gain useful experience and technical skills that they can convert into small businesses to further support themselves.
“This is in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directives for the expansion of the programme to accommodate an additional five million beneficiaries.”
Going further, the minister, who was represented by a Deputy Director in her service, Daguleng Ishaku, said a sum of 195,000 utensils were given over to Nasarawa to develop the state’s school feeding program.
“In Nasarawa State we are providing funds to the state selected aggregators and 2,768 vendors and to feed 194,649 pupils, in 745 schools across the 13 Local Government Areas.
In that value chain alone hundreds of jobs are created every day and people are earning.”
Usman Jibrin, the Focal Person, NSIP, Nasarawa State revealed that the programme started in Nasarawa in 2019 with a total number of 1,200 cooks and 86,329 pupils.
“At present, we have a total number of 2,768 cooks and 194,649 pupils benefitting from the programme. A total amount N1.498bn was expended in Nasarawa under the programme from January 2019 to October 2021,”
While revealing that the fund was provided by the Federal Government, Jibrin noted that it had positively impacted the lives of all recipients in the value chain going from the sellers, providers, cooks and students.