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N-Power: FG to “disengage” over 200,000 beneficiaries

Nigerian government is working on how to “disengage” over 200,000 beneficiaries of the government social intervention programme dubbed N-Power, National Moonlight can report.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Social Investment, Maryam Uwais revealed this in an interview with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), saying she is in talks with the  Ministry of Finance on the next plan.

“We are trying to see how we can address some of these gaps through these N-power beneficiaries that are meant to be disengaged by end of the year.

“We are looking out at loans to be made available to them. It has not been finalized with the finance ministry, yet”, she added.

Recalled In 2017, former Senior Special Assistant to the President on N-Power Scheme, Afolabi Imoukhuede, said no fewer than 200,000 out of 500,000 youth-targeted had been empowered for the first batch of the scheme in 2016.

Although the 2016 beneficiaries were due to be released in 2018, the Nigerian government had since said it had a ‘big plan’ for the beneficiaries.

“The 2016 beneficiaries will proceed into an enhancement programme as you continue to give your service and earn your monthly stipend,” the government said in a statement in October 2018.

The Federal Government noted that “the details of the N-Power Enhance will gladden” and hinted that the enhancement plan is a “multi-sector, multilayered and multi-pronged” one.

The government plans however have remained unclear.

Meanwhile, one of the N-Power beneficiaries in Ilorin Kwara State, Femi Ayobami said the programme has actually helped youths of the country in no small measure adding that disengaging any one of them could spell soon for the nation by increasing crime rate.

Ayobami however urged the government never to take such step or if necessary, pay the beneficiaries huge amount of money for them to set up businesses which will sustain them
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