The president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retired), ordered the federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to increase the beneficiaries of the N-Power program by five million.
N-Power is a federal government youth empowerment program under the National Social Investment Program that provides a platform for hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries to acquire and develop skills.
Humanitarian Affairs Minister Sadiya Farouq said the president ordered her ministry to accommodate more N-Power beneficiaries, adding that the program’s Batch-C, which admitted more than a million people, had been inaugurated.
She disclosed this in the humanitarian ministry’s delivery of the feeding equipment to beneficiaries of the National School Feeding Program of Local Farming, another NSIP program, in Nasarawa state.
Commenting on the event, which was made available to our correspondent in Abuja, Farouq said the NSIP was the government’s main social protection mechanism for many vulnerable groups.
She said: “We recently launched the Batch C N-Power program, which aims to help more than one million unemployed young Nigerians gain useful experience and technical skills that they can turn into small businesses to support themselves.
“This is in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s guidelines to expand the program to five million additional beneficiaries.”
The minister, who was represented by a deputy director of her ministry, Daguleng Ishaku, said a total of 195,000 utensils have been supplied to Nasarawa to deepen the state’s school food program. She said: “The school food program we have gathered today provides a free meal to more than nine million students in primary schools across the country.
“In Nasarawa State, we provide funds to state-selected aggregators and 2,768 providers and to educate 194,649 students, in 745 schools in the 13 local government areas. Only in that value chain are hundreds of jobs created every day and people win.”
Focal Person, NSIP, State of Nasarawa, Usman Jibrin, explained that the program started in 2019 in Nasarawa with a total of 1,200 chefs and 86,329 interns.
“We currently have a total of 2,768 chefs and 194,649 students who benefit from the program. From January 2019 to October 2021, a total amount of Nasarawa was spent under the program,” he said.
Jibrin said the fund was provided by the federal government, adding that it had a positive impact on the lives of all beneficiaries in the value chain, from vendors, suppliers, chefs and students.