The Federal Government is reviewing the exit plan for the beneficiaries of the “NPower” program, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster management and social development Hajiya Sadiya Umar Faruq made this known in Abuja during a meeting with members of the House of representatives committee on poverty alleviation who paid a familiarization visit to the ministry.
In 2016, president Muhammadu Buhari led administration introduced the “NPower” among other National Investment programs to reduce unemployment among the youths. The focus was to provide young graduates and non graduates with skills, tools and livelihood for the them to advance from unemployment to entrepreneurship and innovation.
Initially the exit plan for the targeted 10 million beneficiaries was two years out of which the 6.8 million beneficiaries so far have exceeded, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster management and social development Hajiya Sadiya Umar Faruq, said the review of the exit plan was to avoid returning the beneficiaries to poverty and unemployment.
Now we are looking at different options for the exit, the ministry is working together with the ministry of finance and the CBN to see how we can exit them, supporting them to go into different skill starts learnt from the Npower program.
Hajiya Sadiya briefed them of other social investment programs including the school feeding program which had benefited about 10 million pupils across the country; humanitarian interventions as well as disaster mitigation responses.
The chairman of the house committee on Poverty alleviation Dr. Abdullahi Salami said the visit provided the parliamentarians the needed information to guide their legislative duties with a view to ensuring the success of the social investment program.
We shall go back better equipped for the cause legislative actions that will provide you with the enabling environment to excel in catering with the huge humanitarian need of the poorest and worst hit among us.
The meeting also discussed the delay in the payment of allowances to beneficiaries with a view to preventing further occurrences.