N-power: Protesting Batch A and B Demand List being reviewed, Batch C Application extended

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Diseaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouk, has in her Ministry's weekly update  stated that her Ministry is reviewing the demands listed by the protesting Batch A and B N-power Beneficiaries which would be addressed as practically as possible.

The Minister while expressing great saddness for the unrest caused by Boko Haram attacks on the residents of North East noted that the incessant attacks impede the work of humanitarian actors and the Federal Government's ongoing efforts to bring peace in the region.

Hajiya Sadiya furthered that the 2020 N-power recruitment has received more than 5Million applications from Nigerians who desire to benefit from the N-power Program.

The process which would have been rounded off by the end of last week, has been extended to 8th August, to enable more interested Nigerians tender their applications for the program.

"My week in Review

On Monday, July 20, 2020 I received in audience HE Governor Muhammed Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state, during which I thanked him for the state's support and commitment in the facilitation of our humanitarian activities

I also sought his support in facilitating proactive and necessary mitigating measures in addressing flood preparedness as the rains intensify.

I also received the Honourable Minister of State for Mines and Steels Development, Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah at the ministry. My brother minister and I deliberated on and explored areas of mutual collaboration between our ministries.

On Wednesday July 23, 2020, I attended the virtual Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari during which urgent issues of the state were deliberated upon.

On Thursday, July 23, 2020, I joined other eminent Nigerians as well as officers and men of the Nigerian Airforce in bidding farewell to a gallant officer and exemplary youth, Flying Officer Tolulope Article. We pray that her soul will rest in peace.

I was deeply saddened by the news of the five aid workers executed by Boko Haram in Borno state. I join the world in condemning the violent actions of these insurgents which impede the work of humanitarian actors who provide much-needed interventions in the zone.

The attacks, abductions and executions are also inimical to the Federal Government's ongoing efforts to bring peace to the North East. We pray that Almighty Allah grants them Al Jannah Firdaus.

I received news of a protest at the National Assembly by N-Power Batch A and B beneficiaries who presented a list of demands which we are reviewing and will address as practically possible.

Let me reiterate that the exiting of Batch A and B is not punitive but as a means of providing an opportunity for their brothers and sisters to also access the programme. Batch A and B beneficiaries remain our pride and worthy ambassadors.

One month after the portal opened for Batch C applications we are happy to announce that we have received over 5m applications underlining enthusiasm for the programme.

In a bid to extend the opportunity to all Nigerians and ensure it is truly inclusive. The portal will close at midnight on August 8th, 2020"

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