The Federal Government on Monday in Abuja inaugurated over 500,000 N-Power Batch C stream 1 across the country.
Addressing at the inauguration, Sadiya Umar Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development congratulated the successful beneficiaries.
She said the N-Power Batch C was divided into two streams; Stream C1 of 510,000 beneficiaries and stream C2 for 490,000 others.
Giving details, she said, under the Batch C1, a total of 450,000 had been selected to benefit under the graduate component, while 60,000 beneficiaries will be under the non-graduate component.
“Today, we are here to inaugurate the N-Power Batch C1. The N-Power graduate volunteers are entitled to a monthly stipend of thirty thousand naira each (N30,000.00) for a period of one year.
”The non-graduate beneficiaries are entitled to ten thousand naira (N10,000.000) monthly stipends for a period of nine months.
“All beneficiaries are granted an appropriate starter pack for their trade, to enable them start their businesses in their chosen trades. By the special grace of God, I hereby flag-off the N-Power Batch C1 for the 36 States and FCT,” Ms Farouq said.
She further said that her Ministry was committed to ensuring that the strategic objectives of all the National Social Intervention Programmes (NSIP) were achieved in partnership with NYSC, UBEC, the NPHCDA, the NOA and many others.
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 stop 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,” Mohammed said.
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At the same vein, 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 of Nigeria towards lifting millions of citizens out of poverty.