June 11, 2024

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FG to rejig N-Power initiative, pay beneficiaries–Minister

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation Dr. Betta Edu says plans are afoot to rejig the N-Power scheme to accommodate more people and ensure prompt payment of beneficiaries’ stipends.

Edu stated this in a statement on Sunday by her special adviser (media and publicity) Mr. Rasheed Zubair, in Abuja.

The statement reports the minister as saying the challenges faced by N-Power beneficiaries in terms of delay in payment of their stipends would soon be addressed.

“We will change the modalities so that people will get their delayed stipends, include more people, and relaunch it with a renewed hope concept,” she said according to Zubair.

She also said the ministry planned to establish humanitarian hubs across all 774 local government areas in the country, adding that it would be a long-term goal towards eradicating poverty in Nigeria.

Zubair also reports the minister to have also said the ministry would send its staff to all the local government areas to get feedback in addition to engaging in digital tracking of  palliatives. “Digital tracking” of palliatives is aimed at determining the time, location, household, and individuals they are delivered to.

”This is to ensure transparent and effective disbursement of palliatives; we also plan to bring on board independent monitors to ensure the relief materials reached those in need.

“Under my watch, the ministry will address poverty through Job creation, cash transfer to poor Nigerians.

”We will ensure engagement with the Nutrition Department, the establishment of Micro Small and Medium Enterprise and provision of stimulus to their business,” the statement reports the minister to have stated.

She assured Nigerians of her commitment to curtail the humanitarian crisis in Nigeria through prompt response challenges as they occur.

“Nigerians should be rest assured that all existing empowerment schemes within the National Investment Programme will be rejigged to cover more people effectively,” it added.

Edu assured Nigerians of President Bola Tinubu’s huge economic interventions to meet their short and long term needs.

“Mr President has great economic plans for Nigeria; some with short-term goals while some are with long-term goals and Nigerians should please trust the process.”