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FG announces full payment of 500,000 N-Power beneficiaries

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The federal government of Nigeria has finally confirmed the payment of April stipends to all its N-Power beneficiaries across the nation.

The statement verifying the payment was disclosed by the Minister for Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq.

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs,Sadiya Umar Farouq. Photo Credit:Vanguard

According to the minister, the government had earlier promised to effect the payment last week but some delays encountered on the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS). The unexpected glitch on the platform led to the postponement of payments.

The minister also revealed that the government was working hard to streamline the programme for greater efficiency and to provide opportunities for more Nigerian youths to benefit from the programme. She also gave the assurance that more information about  forthcoming developments will be provided as soon as stipends for the month of May is fully paid.

President Muhammadu Buhari established the N-Power programme during his first term in office in 2016 under the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP).

During the inauguration of the programme, the government stated that the major essence of the programme is to enhance poverty alleviation and manage the unemployment rate among Nigerians through capacity building, investment and direct support.

The programme kicked off in September 2016 in which 200,000 beneficiaries from Batch A were placed into the various available sectors that included education, health, agriculture etc. while 300,000 beneficiaries were added in August 2018 making it a total of 500,000 N-power beneficiaries incorporated into the programme .

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