As the Federal Government keeps on with the famed N-Power scheme, Sadiya Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, has described critics of the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) as enemies of the beneficiaries.
It is noteworthy that while Farouq – this week at the launch of the system developed to optimize and complement the structural reforms of Social Investment Programs and other activities of the ministry – addressed prospective Batch C beneficiaries’ worries, she completely ignored over 14, 000 N-Power Batches A and B beneficiaries who are still in the dark regarding their five-month outstanding stipend arrears.
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The non-payment of 14, 200 N-Power Batches A and B beneficiaries means that the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, as well as the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, have failed to account for N2,130,000,000 (two billion, one hundred and thirty million naira).
Farouq’s boss, President Muhammadu Buhari, is touted by loyalists as Africa’s anti-corruption czar.
Reacting to some negative impression in several quarters about her handling of the NSIPs and what the ministry was doing to change the narrative, she said (a blanket statement though) that over 100,000 graduates had passed through the N-Power programme for 24 months with N30,000 monthly stipend.
Speaking at the unveiling of the N-Power Batch C in Abuja on Thursday, the minister said the erstwhile beneficiaries had become entrepreneurs in their communities where they were adding value to the economy.
“The beneficiaries were trained in different fields, and the graduates engaged in teaching of pupils are given N30,000 monthly.
“So I cannot understand the misgivings when the programme has greatly impacted other people’s lives; the likes of these beneficiaries.
“We have over 100,000 of them who have now become entrepreneurs contributing to the development of this country.
“This is just for N-Power. Don’t forget about the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP) that supports business owners. Don’t also forget about the impact of the national homegrown school feeding programme, which main objective is to increase school enrolment of children,” she said.
Those who applied for N-Power Batch C last year (2020) can now log into http://nasims.gov.ng to take their test and subsequently carry out the process.