N-power: 550,000 Applicants shortlisted for N-power Batch C1- Sadiya Umar Farouk

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouk on Tuesday disclosed that a total of 550,000 Applicants were shortlisted after the online Screening Test organised by the Ministry.

Farouk made this known in a Press Statement detailing the progress of her Ministry on the National Social Investment Programme.

Breaking down the records, the Minister noted that upon the launch of the N-power Batch C on the NASIMS Portal on 11th March, 2021, over 1.8 million Nigerians successfully updated their records and took the compulsory online test by the 3rd week of May, 2021.

She added that the Ministry after further screening of the applicants, shortlisted 550,000 applicants qualified for the final selection to engage 500,000 nationwide, which would serve as the first stream of the N-Power Batch C programme as the Batch C1.

The Ministry had in the Emails sent to the shortlisted applicants noted that the pre-selection is not final selection as the shortlisted applicants would be further trimmed to the required 500,000 beneficiaries in the Batch C Stream 1, as they proceed to enrol their Biometrics to qualify for the final selection.

"The second Batch of another 500,000 will subsequently be made in line with Mr President's directives to engage 1,000,000 Nigerians in the Batch C N-power Programme," Farouk noted.

Farouk encouraged the applicants to call the dedicated NASIMS-N-Power helplines: 0188883410 or 08176551162, or send an email to support.npower@nasims.gov.ng for further enquiries on their application status and any other questions they may have.

Speaking on the recommencement of the Home Grown School Feeding Programme, the Minister disclosed that "a total of 9,196,823 pupils in classes 1 to 3 in public primary schools will receive one nutritious meal daily in all 54,619 schools nationwide."

She added that the Programme is being expanded to accommodate an additional 5 million children in line with the directives of His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari.

"The outcomes of this programme includes increase in school enrolment, improved nutrition for benefiting pupils, boosting of local economies and facilitating job creation through the activities of 103,028 cooks, 100,000 small holder farmers and numerous aggregators and commodity transporters engaged nationwide, Farouk stated.

The Minister further disclosed that plans are being concluded to on-board the second Batch of beneficiaries under the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP) which will be made public soon.

On the Rapid Response Register (RRR), Farouk noted that "one million Beneficiaries will receive monthly cash transfers of N5,000 for 6 months."

"A pilot commenced earlier this year with 3,115 beneficiaries in Lagos and Abuja. It will be up scaled nationwide and beneficiaries will start receiving their stipends soon," she added.

She emphasised that Rapid Response Register (RRR) has been put in place by the Ministry as a shock responsive intervention register specifically targeted at the Urban Informal workers impacted by the Covid 19 Pandemic. 

The Minister noted that her Ministry's commitment is in line with President Buhari's policy to unfailingly lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years, especially through innovative Youth Empowerment and Gainful Employment.

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