Richard Ginika Izuora
The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development has confirmed that a total of 5,042,001 Nigerians applied for the Batch C of N-Power.
The exercise commenced on the 26th of June and closed on the 9th of August.
Halima Oyelade, a Special Assitant on Strategic Communication, confirmed this in a statement on Tuesday.
The Ministry said that the application date was meant to close on the 26th of July, but was extended by two weeks to enable those who were unable to apply to do so.
In June that the Federal Government announced the reopening of the application portal of the social investment scheme for fresh registration of the June 2020 Batch C intakes.
The Federal Government said that it had received 4.48 million applications from beneficiaries for the Batch C of the programme within the first 2 weeks.
The Minister, Sadiya Umar Farouq, assured Nigerians in the statement; that transparency and due diligence would be applied during the selection process; to ensure that the qualified applicants are selected.
“The Honorable Minister further added that the N-Power program is aimed to provide the Nigerian youths with opportunities; to gain skills for employability and entrepreneurship which will also go a long way; in assisting the country towards the post-Covid 19 economic recovery,” she said.
She added that the Ministry would comply with the administration’s promise; of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in ten years; and the N-Power scheme would be one of the means to do so; as women and persons with disabilities would be prioritized in the selection.