The federal government of Nigeria on Thursday unveiled the next step in the recruitment process for Npower Batch C beneficiaries.
This is as it officially launched batch C of the scheme after earlier batches of A and B have exited the social investment programme.
During a press briefing in Abuja where the National Social Investment Management Systems (NASIMS) for the batch C Npower beneficiaries was launched, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Develop, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq disclosed that the incoming Batch C beneficiaries will be divided into two streams of 500,000 beneficiaries each.
In her words: “Today, we have reached another milestone in the process of recruiting and onboarding of the Batch C N-Power beneficiaries beginning with 500,000 beneficiaries.
“The N-Power Batch C, as launched today, is structured to onboard one million new beneficiaries, beginning with an initial 500,000 beneficiaries in the first stream, and a subsequent 500,000 in a second stream, all aligned to the national policy drive of lifting 100 million people out of abject poverty in 10 years.
“Furthermore, the N-Power Batch C will strategically drive the acquisition of a bouquet of usable skills for each beneficiary with the goal to ensure they are economically more active and possess the right vocational skill set to attract gainful employment on graduation.
“It will increase national employment indices and ensure the productive desire of engagement of millions of youths with the ultimate desire improve cohesion and national security. It will reflate and stimulate the economy since the beneficiaries will be paid a stipend of 30,000 per month, thus improving their disposable income levels as well as positioning them as better economic agents.
The Minister also directed all Batch C applicants to log into the self-service portal to update their records in order to proceed to the next stage of selection.
She promised that the final selection will be based on merit and will be transparent.
“As we launch the N-Power Batch C today, all N-Power Batch C applicants are required to log into the N-Power Self Service portal on www.nasims.gov.ng and update their records, following which they may proceed to take the mandatory online test in order to progress to the next level of selection. Further information on how to log into the portal will be sent via sms and email to Batch C applicants.
“Furthermore, a dedicated support helpline has been provided to aid applicants through the process above. For complaints and enquiries, applicants are advised to all +234(0)18885011 or email [email protected]. It is worth noting that the selection process for the N-Power program is predicated on merit and equitable representation across all strata of small enterprises with a view to unleashing the entrepreneurial energy among the poor especially women and youth in rural areas
“To ensure transparency, institutional memory and dynamic impact assessment of the N-Power cluster, it will now be administered through the National Social Investment & Information Management System (NASIMS) designed to optimise and compliment the structural reforms of Social Investment Programs and other activities of the
Ministry, with the systemic use of ICT tools for coordination, administration, monitoring, and stakeholder management across the entire process and value chain of all social investment programmes under the purview of the Ministry.
“By commencing the administration of the N-Power Batch C through the National Social Investment & Information Management System (NASIMS), beneficiaries will be able to:
a) Receive their stipends in a timely and efficient manner, have access to a wide range of industry specific contents for optimised learning experience leveraging the enterprise learning management module of the NASIMSs, actively interact and engage with industry experts for hands-on experiences and learnings.
“They will also communicate their concerns and promptly receive feedback form the program implementation teams and other stakeholders from their comfort zones regardless of their location. Experience a redefined and seamless beneficiary verification process which addresses the challenges earlier experienced with periodic beneficiary verification.
“They will experience an efficient transition and exist management plan, which allows beneficiary to be migrated automatically to the “NEXIT Program for onward possible placement and employment opportunities with Federal Government Agencies.
“Furthermore, special considerations for inclusion of persons living with disabilities have been taken into account by the Ministry. Consequently, greater percentage of the onboarding process will be carried out online
and in a decentralised manner via the utilization of the NASIMs framework.
“I am convinced that this launch and the consequent commencement of the N-Power Batch C is timely and a step in the right direction. I am even more optimistic and hopeful that the N-Power Batch C will exceedingly deliver on the immediate, medium and long term expectations; given the level of planning and collaboration invested,” she said.
Naija News reports that the Npower scheme is a social intervention scheme introduced in 2016 by President Muhammadu Buhari, as a two-year programme for graduate and non-graduate Nigerians between the ages of 18-35.
The beneficiaries enjoy N30, 000 monthly stipend, and devices during the duration of their stay in the scheme in exchange for services offered including teaching, agric extension services, health, etc.