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Federal Government to “disengage” over 200,000 N-power beneficiaries

Valentine Chinyem

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The Federal Government has announced that over 200,000 beneficiaries of the government social intervention programme known as N-Power, will be disengaged soon.

This was made known by Maryam Uwais, senior special assistant to the President on social investment.

Uwais during an interview with Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) said, “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.”

“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, former senior special assistant to the President on N-Power Scheme, Afolabi Imoukhuede, said no fewer than 200,000 out of 500,000 youth-targeted had been empowered for the first batch of the scheme in 2016.

The N-Power Volunteer Corps is part of the ruling All Progressives Congress’ Social Investment Programmes, SIP, under which 500,000 graduates had so far been recruited.

It is currently in operation in the 36 states of Nigeria. The main thrust of the N-Power scheme is to harness Nigeria’s young demography through appropriate skill development, providing a structure for large scale and relevant work skills acquisition and development, and linking outcomes to fixing inadequate public services and stimulating the larger economy.

Beneficiaries are engaged in different areas of public service, including education (N-Teach), health (N-Health), agriculture (N-Agro), building/construction (N-Build).

Beneficiaries are paid a monthly stipend of N30,000 during their period of engagement.