Uncertainty surrounds NPower backlog stipends payment, fresh beneficiary recruitment

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There are growing uncertainties surrounding N-Power programme and National Social Investment Management System payment of backlog stipends and the recruitment of new beneficiaries for the current year.

These developments have raised concerns among the programme’s beneficiaries and stakeholders.

N-Power programme is a government initiative aimed at addressing unemployment and poverty in Nigeria by providing job opportunities, skills development, and financial support to Nigerian youths. It has been a crucial source of support for thousands of beneficiaries across the country.

One of the pressing issues currently facing the N-Power programme is the potential delay in the payment of backlog stipends to beneficiaries. Backlog stipends refer to payments owed to beneficiaries for work done in previous months. These stipends are vital to the livelihoods of beneficiaries who rely on them for sustenance.

Sources within the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development have hinted at circumstances beyond the ministry’s control that may hinder the timely disbursement of these backlog stipends. This situation is a cause for concern, as beneficiaries eagerly await these payments to meet their financial needs.

Another area of uncertainty is the recruitment of new beneficiaries into the N-Power program for the current year. The success of the programme depends on its ability to consistently admit new participants to help combat unemployment and poverty in Nigeria. However, there are indications that this critical recruitment process might also face delays.

The uncertainty surrounding the payment of backlog stipends and the recruitment of new beneficiaries is a matter of concern for many Nigerians. The N-Power programme is viewed as a lifeline by beneficiaries, and timely support through the program is essential for improving their livelihoods and contributing to the nation’s overall development.