FG disburses N275bn to N-Power beneficiaries

The Federal Government has disbursed N275bn monthly stipend to beneficiaries of the N-Power Graduate Programme for July 2019.

This is according to the N-Power Impact Report 2019, which states that the programme aims to revive the economy by creating 500,000 graduate jobs and deploying them to four key sectors: education, agriculture, health and finance.

The report explained that the programme was broken into four streams namely N-Power Teach, N-Power Agro, N-Power Tax and N-Power Health.

N-Power Teach volunteers help to improve basic education delivery in Nigeria. They function as support teachers across public primary schools. In the last 24 months, 319,827 graduates have been enrolled in the programme.

The N-Power Agro, which currently enrols 121,841 graduates, ensures that volunteers function as intermediaries to help stimulate the agriculture value-chain. The report stated that the N-Power Health graduates, who are about 47,975, sensitised and provided advocacy services to members of their respective communities, including pregnant women, children, families and individuals at the health centres.

About 5,228 graduates were enrolled in the N-Power Tax. They were trained on financial and tax matters, working to improve the Internally Generated Revenue of the government through the Voluntary Asset and Income Declaration Scheme.

According to the report, upon final recruitment and selection, 64.23 per cent of the volunteers were enrolled in N-Teach, 24.47 per cent to N-Agro, 9.63 per cent to N-Health and 1.05 per cent to N-Tax.

The volunteers, who are all on the N-Power Volunteers Network, are deployed to various places of assignment within their states of residence.

“All beneficiaries in the programme have been consistently paid monthly stipends culminating in about N275bn as at July 31, 2019,” the report stressed.

The report disclosed that 23.7m Nigerians were being served by beneficiaries of N-Power, with 3.5 million individuals impacted and every volunteer having an average of seven dependants. In the programme, the report claimed that while over 25,000 indirect additional jobs were created to support the programme, there were, however, over 10,000 physically-challenged volunteers in the N-Power initiative.

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