The Federal Government, yesterday flagged-off the commencement of N-Power Batch-C across the country, with 510 enrollees participating in Stream-1 of the Youth Empowerment Scheme.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiyya Umar Farouq, who flagged-off the event in Abuja, said another 490 enrollees would be engaged in the Batch-C, Stream-2 to be flagged-off at a later date.
While explaining that N-Power volunteer graduates were entitled to a monthly stipend of N30,000 for a period of one year, she said non-graduate beneficiaries were entitled to N10,000 monthly stipends for a period of 9 months under the Batch-C.
”All beneficiaries are granted an appropriate starter-pack for their trade, to enable them to start their businesses in their chosen trades”, she added.
She added, ”The N-Power programme deploys an on-line application and selection strategy to ensures fairness, transparency and credibility in the recruitment process.
Farouq assured that “The Ministry is committed to ensuring that the strategic objectives of all the Social Intervention Programmes are achieved.
“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 further said.