By Okwe Obi, Abuja

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Saidya Umar Farouq, has announced that the third batch of N-Power scheme will begin next week, while the current enrollees of Batch A and B will exit at the end of June and July, 2020.

In a statement released yesterday by the Deputy Director, Information Rhoda Iliya, she said that the decision to enrol the third batch of the scheme was made following consultations and a review of the submissions on the reform of the programme for greater efficiency.

The Minister explained that the enrolment will provide opportunities for more Nigerian youths to access the programme, in furtherance of the President’s vision of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.

“We have commenced the transitioning of beneficiaries from Batches A and B into government entrepreneurship schemes and engaging private sector bodies to absorb some of the beneficiaries after the completion of psychometric assessment to determine competency and placement into various opportunities.

“The Federal government is committed to the continuation and expansion and as such will now begin enrolment and onboarding of a new Batch of beneficiaries. Skills acquisition for entrepreneurship and job creation are critical for an economy that will require a boost post-COVID-19 and we are gearing up proactively for the challenge,” she said.

Farouq pointed out that, “Applications will be conducted using a hybrid system of enrolment to ensure that all Nigerians are given an opportunity to participate. As a Ministry that caters for the vulnerable, we will also make special considerations for Persons living with disabilities.

“The online portal would be open to receive applications from noon on June 26, 2020 and will provide a level playing field for all applicants.

“As part of the Ministry’s reforms to make the programme more efficient, all applicants must supply their Bank Verification Number (BVN) in their application to ensure a streamlined and transparent selection process.”

She noted that once applications are submitted, it will review submissions and publish a list of successful applicants.

She, however, noted that past beneficiaries will not be eligible to participate in the application process.

The programme has enrolled 500,000 beneficiaries so far with 200,000 from Batch A which started in September 2016 and 300,000 from Batch B which kicked off in August 2018.

Ajiri Daniels: Sun News Online Team

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