FG to ‘disengage’ over 200,000 N-Power beneficiaries

FG to ‘disengage’ over 200,000 N-Power beneficiaries

- An official has disclosed that the federal government is working on how to disengage over 200,000 N-Power beneficiaries

- An aide to the president, Maryam Uwais, said the government is looking at making loans available to them

- 2016 N-Power beneficiaries had observed a message on their personal dashboards last week, outlining that they had options of transitioning to various areas

An official has disclosed that the federal government is working on how to disengage over 200,000 N-Power beneficiaries.

According to The Guardian, the president’s senior special assistant on social investment, Maryam Uwais, during an interview with NTA, said she is discussing with the Ministry of Finance on the next plan.

Legit.ng gathers that she 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.”

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The president’s former special assistant on N-Power, Afolabi Imoukhuede, had in 2017 stated that not less than 200,000 out of 500,000 youths had been empowered for the first batch of the scheme in 2016.

The government said it had “big plans” for the 2016 beneficiaries, even though they were due to be released in 2018.

In a 2018 statement, the government said: “The 2016 beneficiaries will proceed into an enhancement programme as you continue to give your service and earn your monthly stipend.”

The government plans however have remained unclear.

2016 N-Power beneficiaries had observed a message on their personal dashboards last week, outlining that they had options of transitioning to community police, teaching, farming and mobile agents and access to 100,000 naira loan to start a community business.

However, there’s no official statement about the transition yet.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that serious concerns were raised over the rising rate of unemployment in Nigeria by the federal government which said over 15 million Nigerians were looking for white collar jobs.

Expressing concern over the situation during a chat with some newsmen in Enugu, the minister of labour and productivity, Dr Chris Ngige, said government was worried by the increasing rate of unemployment in the country.

The minister said Boko Haram and IPOB were symptoms of unemployment in Nigeria.

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