The Federal Government has announced the shortlisting of 550,000 applicants for the final selection for Batch C of the N-Power programme.
It also disclosed that the Central Bank of Nigeria would support Batches A and B beneficiaries who had completed the N-Power programme with soft loans.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Farouq, said this at a press briefing on Tuesday.
She said the 550,000 short-listed applicants were being individually contacted through the e-mail addresses provided by them.
According to Farouq, the applicants had been advised to first check and immediately log on to the NASIMS self-service portal to enrol their biometric data which would lead them to the final selection.
“500,000 will be finally selected nationwide to serve as the first stream of the N-Power Batch C programme. This is the Batch C1. The second batch of another 500,000 will subsequently be made in line with Mr President’s directive to engage 1,000,000 beneficiaries under the Batch C.”
Giving a reply on the need to support exited N-Power beneficiaries, the minister said, “Very soon the CBN will support those of them who have shown interest in one vocational skill programme or small business with soft loans.”
She said over 300,000 exited beneficiaries in Batches A and B would receive the loan from CBN. No fewer than 500,000 persons benefitted from the N-Power programme in the two batches.
N-Power is one of the schemes set up by the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, under the National Social Investment Management System.