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N-Power: Over 1 million applicants registered within 48 hours – Minister

By Amidu Arije

Within 48 hours of opening portal for commencement of registration of young Nigerians for the Batch C of N-Power beneficiaries, over 1 million applicants have been received by the ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development as at 7:35pm on Sunday.

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq who disclosed this said over 100 applications were been received per second and said as at 7:35pm on Sunday, ‘we had received 1,001,045 applications’.

“At 11:45pm on June 26th, the enrolment of @npower_ng Batch C commenced via the online portal. I am happy to announce that young and eligible Nigerians responded positively and have been applying as expected.

The portal has been registering about 100 applications per second and as at 7:38 pm, we had received 1,001,045 applications,” she said

Umar Farouq said the batch C set would enrol new set of beneficiaries that would be up skilled to better prepare them for employment and entrepreneurship.

She said: “Batch C affords us an opportunity to enrol a new set of beneficiaries who will be upskilled to prepare them for employability or entrepreneurship. It also offers us a pipeline of skilled workers who will be critical to jump-starting the economy post- #COVID19.

As the Batch C application and enrolment continues, I look forward to more success stories of positive impact from young men and women who remain the hope and future of this country.
@FMHDSD is committed to this program and all efforts are geared towards supporting the vulnerable members of our population. I believe that we are stronger when we work together, and we will make it through these trying times”.

The Minister said out of the 500,000 beneficiaries in batch A and B, 109,823 have been empowered to proceed to establish different business in their various communities.

She described the set as worthy ambassadors as she said the country looks up to them to impact the economy positively.

She said: “Out of the 500,000 beneficiaries enrolled in Batch A & B, about 109,823 have proceeded to establish businesses in their communities underlining the impact and imperative of @npower_ng programme.

I want to thank the outgoing beneficiaries of Batch A & B for their service. They have been worthy ambassadors of @NSIP_NG and I look forward to many of them impacting the economy in positive ways”.

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