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As the Buhari led administration aim at eradicating poverty in Nigeria, the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social development FMHDs have officially flagged off the commencement of N-power batch C stream 1, with a total of one million beneficiaries.
This was made known by the minister of FMHD, Sadiya Umar Farouq yesterday in Abuja According to her, a total number of 6million application was received but 1 million people has been selected to benefit from this scheme.
“Based on this approval, the portal was again opened in June 2020, and over 6 million new applications were received. 1,000,000 beneficiaries will be mined from this as the NPower Batch C.
“The batch C is divided into 2 streams. Stream C1 for 510,000 beneficiaries and stream C2 for 490,000 beneficiaries. Under the Batch C1, a total of 450,000 have been selected to benefit under the graduate component, while 6ve been selected to benefit under the graduate component, while 60,000 beneficiaries will be non-graduate beneficiaries” she said.
Farouq assured that the ministry is still committed to ensuring the strategic objectives of all the Social intervention programmes are achieved.
To also curb the communication challenges of the entire scheme, the ministry has created a more favourable platform.
“To ensure that the challenges of communication are addressed, most particularly as it relates to limitations on information flow and internet access across the country and in a bid to provide accessibility to all target programme applicants and beneficiaries, the Ministry has concluded to provide access to information via a USSD code.
“In line with the above, the USSD short code *45665# has been secured via integration to provide the required connectivity and technical support for the provision of information services to our beneficiaries,” she added.
According to her, the scheme has 3 core segments: N-Power Volunteer Corps which is the Graduate programme, N-Power Build, which is a Non-Graduate programme and N-Power Knowledge – Which is also a non-graduate programme but deliberately designed on ICT skills. It includes the N-Tech Hardware, N-Tech Software and the N-Creative training respectively.
Farouq however welcomes partnership from other ministries, agencies just as the Minister of State, Industry and investment have assured that the ministry will partner with them.
She also used the opportunity to thank the national assembly, relative stakeholders that have ensured that the scheme becomes a reality.
“let me thank my colleagues for their support, the NASS members for appropriating funds to execute these programmes and also their oversight in ensuring the programmes are implemented as approved.

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