The Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiyah Umar Farouq has written to Batch A and B N-power beneficiaries, stating why transition and exit is necessary.
The Minister reveals that the unprecedented challenges thrown up by the COVID-19 pandemic against Nigeria health and economic sector has made it necessary to provide more opportunities for more Nigerian youths to gain skills and entrepreneurship in order to help rebuild the economy, post-Covid-19.
Sadiyah said on Tuesday in a statement personally signed by her that the transitioning and exit of Batch A and B, which begins today, June 30, is not a punitive action but rather, a proactive one.
Her statement reads: “The Covid-19 pandemic has thrown up huge challenges that have impacted us negatively across the spectrum from our health to the economy and taken a serious humanitarian tolls on our lives.
“As we battle the pandemic, it is our duty as public servants in government to intervene where needed by continuing to provide the lifeline for continuity as government continues its acceleration towards providing an enabling environment to create sustainable jobs.
“This is imperative because post Covid-19, the Nigerian economy, like most economies around the world, will require a boost to recover from the economic effects of the pandemic.
“This is the major reason why we have commenced enrolment of Batch C, which is providing opportunities for more Nigerian youths to gain skills for employability and entrepreneurship. It is also providing a pipeline of skilled workers to help rebuild the economy post- Covid-19.
“In 48 hours, over 1,000,000 young men and women like you submitted their application on the portal in their bid to gain an opportunity of participating in the N-power programme. That opportunity will be denied them if we do not create that space for them to take part.
“So the transitioning and exit and of Batch A and B which begins today, June 30 and which terminates on July 31, is not a punitive action, it is rather a intervention to help needed upskill your brothers and sisters and assist them further along on their journey through life.
“At the last count, about 109,823 beneficiaries from Batch A and B have gone on to set up businesses in their communities, underlining and highlighting the impact and imperative of the N-power programme.”
Sadiya further thanked all beneficiaries for their service and also assures that the ministry will be in touch to explain the details of the transitioning and exit.
“I want to thank the outgoing beneficiaries of Batches A and B for their service. You have been worthy ambassadors of the National Social Investment Programmes and I look forward to hearing of and meeting many of you in the future.
“We’ll be in touch in the coming days and weeks to explain the details of your transitioning and exit. We will also be communicating other details.”
She added that the Batch C application and enrolment will continue.
Sadiyah further assured that she and her team are fully committed to the program.
“I and my team at the ministry are fully committed to this program and all efforts are geared towards supporting the vulnerable members of our population.
“I believe that we are stronger when we work together and we will make it through these trying times.
“I wish you all the very best,” she said.