Humanitarian Minister says 5 million Nigerians enrolled in N-Power’s Batch C
By our reporter
Aug. 11, 2020- Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has said no fewer than five million candidates have applied for the N-Power programme.
Farouq disclosed this on Tuesday in a statement issued by her Special Assistant on Strategic Communication, Mrs Halima Oyelade.
The Minister said that the registration which commenced on June 26 and expected to end on July 26 but was extended by two weeks, as she assured that due diligence would be followed all through the process.
“A total of 5,042,001 Nigerian youths have applied as at the end of the registration.
“Due diligence will be applied during the next stages of the selection to ensure that only duly qualified applicants are enrolled.
“The Ministry will ensure that the applicants as well as the general public, are fully informed on the progress of the scheme,” she said.
According to Farouq, the N-Power programme is aimed at providing the Nigerian youths with opportunities to gain skills for employability and entrepreneurship.
The Minister said the programme would also go a long way in assisting the country towards the post COVID-19 economic recovery.
Farouq also noted that women and persons with disability will be given priority during the selection.
“The Ministry remain committed to the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari to lift 100 million Nigerians out of Poverty in the next 10 years.
“However, the N-power Programme is one of the platforms that can assist in the realisation of that vision,” she said