The Federal Government on Thursday announced the selection of applicants for the “Batch C” of its N-Power programme.
At the close of application last year, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq, announced that the government received over five million applications.
The online application process, which began on June 26, 2020, closed at midnight on August 8, 2020.
As part of measures to make the selection seamless and transparent, the minister launched a portal, the National Social Investment Management System (NASIMS), for easy coordination, deployment and management.
She said all applicants had been migrated into the NASIMS platform, adding that they would be required to undergo a mandatory online test, as part of the selection process.
According to her, the “Batch C” programme will run for 12 months, while each beneficiary will be paid a monthly stipend of N30,000.
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Farouq attributed the delay in the process to COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking on why the portal was created, the minister said: “Based on the implementation experiences since 2016, and the impact of the COVID-19, these Social Intervention Programmes (SIPs) are undergoing a series of strategic realignment and restructuring with the view to optimising their operations, maximise their impacts and drive efficient coordination and management aimed to deliver even more socio-economic benefits to the poor and vulnerable.”
On the number of people that will be recruited, Hajia Farouq said: “We have reached another milestone in the process of recruiting and onboarding of the ‘Batch C’ N-Power beneficiaries, beginning with 500,000 beneficiaries. The N-Power ‘Batch C’, as launched today, is structured to onboard one million new beneficiaries, beginning with an initial 500,000 beneficiaries in the first stream, and a subsequent 500,000 in a second stream, all aligned to the national policy drive of lifting 100 million people out of abject poverty in 10 years.