The Federal Government launched the 510,000 N-Power Batch C stream 1 across the country on Monday in Abuja.
Sadiya Umar Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, hailed the successful beneficiaries during her keynote presentation during the inauguration.
She explained that the N-Power Batch C was split into two streams, with 510,000 beneficiaries in Stream C1 and 490,000 in Stream C2.
According to her, a total of 450,000 people will profit from the graduate component of Batch C1, while 60,000 people will gain from the non-graduate component.
“We’ve come to inaugurate the N-Power Batch C1 today. For a duration of one year, N-Power graduate volunteers are eligible to a monthly salary of thirty thousand naira (N30,000.00). Non-graduate beneficiaries are eligible to a monthly stipend of ten thousand naira (N10,000.000) for a duration of nine months.
“To assist them to launch their enterprises in their chosen trades, all recipients are given an adequate startup pack for their trade. Ms Farouq declared, “By the special grace of God, I hereby flag-off the N-Power Batch C1 for the 36 States and the FCT.”
She stated that her Ministry was dedicated to ensuring that the strategic objectives of all National Social Intervention Programmes (NSIP) were met in collaboration with NYSC, UBEC, the NPHCDA, the NOA, and a number of other organizations.
Also speaking, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ifeoma Anyanwutaku, said since inception, the N-Power had been a tool to curb youth restiveness.
“It avails the Nigerian youths the opportunity to acquire skills, to enhance their lives, and even create employment for others.
”I have no doubt that the lessons learnt in the Batch A and B would be brought to bear in the Batch C, to achieve President Muhammadu’s Buhari vision of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.
“My Ministry is poised to contribute its quota to the success of the programme via public awareness and other interventions,” Mr Mohammed said.
Similarly, Edward Kallon, the UN Resident Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs, said the on-boarding of the N-Power Batch C stream 1 was another milestone achievement by the Federal Government towards lifting millions of Nigerians out of poverty.
Meanwhile, the National Coordinator of the NSIP, Umar Bindir, says since 1960, the different poverty alleviation programmes of the Federal Government had remained only at a programme level.
“But, President Buhari thought it wise to have a full fledged ministry to effectively address poverty, so as not to repeat the mistakes of the past. He also institutionalised the NSIP in 2016.
“The NSIP have components such as N-Power, National Home Grown School Feeding Programme, Government Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programme and Conditional Cash Transfer.
“All these are geared towards lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next ten years,” Mr Bindir said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event attracted officials from the office of the Head of the Federal Civil Service, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, National Youth Service Corps the Ministry of Women Affairs, Industry, Trade and Investment, Humanitarian Affairs, among others.
They all pledged their support to the humanitarian affairs ministry and the NSIP towards the achievement of the programme.
High points of the occasion was the presentation of engagement letters to the beneficiaries and cultural dance performance by the Unity Cultural Troupe