The fate of 2016 batch of NPower volunteers have been decided finally as promised by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.
The Minister in person of Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, has reaffirmed the commitment of the ministry to the success of the National Social Investment Programmes (NSIP).
Farouq, in a press briefing said the NPower initiative is one of the four clusters of N-SIP that were designed to stem the growing tide of poverty, unemployment and social insecurity in Nigeria.
“There are information gaps with regards to the monitoring and evaluation mechanism and framework of the NPower and GEEP Programmes.
“The NPower beneficiaries enrolled in 2016 are yet to be exited 16 months after the elapse of their contract; they are supposed to have been graduated to a more productive venture.
“However, the ministry is currently making efforts to develop an exit strategy,” she said.
Farouq assured the NPower beneficiaries and Nigerians that the ministry was committed to President Muhammadu Buhari’s promise to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in ten years.
“While craving for patience and understanding, I wish to thank all the NSIP Managers who are taking great pains to explain the technicalities of the project to the Ministry’ officials to a smooth transition,” Farouk said.
To help improve the NPower program interms of transiting the 2016 batch, a transition survey to help further map beneficiaries to available / prospective economic opportunities and to Improve specialized training to matched opportunities is been introduced and all beneficiaries are expected to partake in this survey.
The transition survey path will soon appear on the NPVN dashboard for 2016 batch as efforts towards implementation draws to a near conclusion.
Payment of December stipends to volunteers commenced on 29th December, 2019, as promised. The ministry effects payments between 27th-31st.
While the ministry wish all volunteers the best of the yuletide season and holidays, it strongly advice volunteers to report to their places of primary assignment as a strong monitoring and evaluation mechanism is now in place to checkmate truancy and those absconding from their PPA.