The Federal Government has disclosed that over 5 million Nigerians applied for the 400,000 available slots for the N-Power programme, an initiative aimed at lifting Nigerians out of poverty through capacity building, investment, and direct support.
According to a statement by the spokesperson of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Rhoda Iliaya, the application for the N-Power Batch C have been extended by two weeks (August 8th 2020).
On why the application was extended, the Iliaya explained that the decision aims to capture more intending applicants who have had difficulties accessing the online registration portal.
“The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development state that the extension has become necessary to provide an equitable and level playing field to all eligible applicants which have seen a record number of over 5 million applications.”
Recall that the Federal Government had disengaged 500,000 Batch A and Batch B beneficiaries of N-Power-200,000 from Batch A which started in September 2016 and 300,000 from Batch B which kicked off in August 2018.
The beneficiaries were supposed to spend 24 months on the program but Batch A beneficiaries have spent over 40 months. They will all be released from N-Power on June 30th and July 31st respectively and absorbed into government or private sector schemes according to the Minister.