Sadiya Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, has revealed that the federal government will begin the enrolment of the third batch of N-Power beneficiaries next week.
She made this known in a statement on Friday by the Deputy Director Information of the Ministry, Rhoda Iliya.
Farouq, who said the decision to enrol the third batch of the scheme was made following consultations, added that the enrolment will provide opportunities for more Nigerian youths to access the programme.
The Minister, however, disclosed that current enrollees of the N-Power scheme (Batch A) will exit June 30, 2020 while (Batch B) will exit the programme on July 31, 2020.
She said: “We have commenced the transitioning of beneficiaries from Batches A and B into government entrepreneurship schemes and engaging private sector bodies to absorb some of the beneficiaries after the completion of psychometric assessment to determine competency and placement into various opportunities.
“The Federal government is committed to the continuation and expansion and as such will now begin enrolment and onboarding of a new Batch of beneficiaries. Skills acquisition for entrepreneurship and job creation are critical for an economy that will require a boost post-COVID-19 and we are gearing up proactively for the challenge.”
Mode of Application
Farouq said applications for the third batch of N-Power will be conducted using a hybrid system of enrolment to ensure that all Nigerians are given an opportunity to participate.
She said: “The online portal would be open to receive applications from noon on June 26, 2020 and will provide a level playing field for all applicants.
“As part of the Ministry’s reforms to make the programme more efficient, all applicants must supply their Bank Verification Number (BVN) in their application to ensure a streamlined and transparent selection process.”
The ministry further explained that once applications are submitted, it will review submissions and publish a list of successful applicants.
It also stated that comprehensive details for the new batch will be announced in the coming weeks.