N-Power: ”Over 100,000 Beneficiaries Have Become Business Owners”- Minister
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq, has said that about 109,823 N-Power beneficiaries have set up businesses in their communities.
She said this in an address at the grand finale of events in commemoration of the ministry’s first year anniversary, in Abuja underlining and highlighting the impact and importance of the N-Power programme that it has improved the livelihood of a critical mass of young unemployed Nigerians.
The Minister said that her Ministry have successfully exited the 500,000 Batch A and B beneficiaries and closed registration for Batch C with a total of 5,042,001 registrations received. She added that the Ministry will ensure due diligence is applied in making sure that only qualified applicants are enrolled.
She also explained that the Ministry is working assiduously to ensure the establishment of the National Disability Commission and the take-off of the National Senior Citizen’s Centre.
Farouq said that the ministry had celebrated the 2019 World Poverty Day in Barwa Community of Abuja, and held the first-ever Civil Security Cooperation Workshop which birthed the Civil Security Coordination Framework and other structures that guide humanitarian activities in the country.
She disclosed that the ministry was working to establish a Humanitarian Assistance Help Desk to provide feedback and complaint mechanism for humanitarian actors to report and resolve challenges that impede humanitarian activities.
Farouq commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s wisdom in establishing the ministry, adding that it’s one year of existence was eventful, challenging and rewarding.
Also speaking, the Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Pauline Tallen said her ministry had worked with Farouq and would continue to do her best to wipe tears away from the face of vulnerable Nigerians.
The Plateau Governor, Mr Simon Lalong, who is also the Chairman of Northern Governors Forum, said the Forum would continue to support the ministry in her programmes.
He admonished Farouq not to be discouraged by side talks and negative comments, adding that it was a tree with good fruits that people threw stones at.
Also, Mr Edward Kallon, UN Resident Coordinator of Humanitarian Affairs said the responsibility of the ministry was enormous and assured that the UN are ever ready to support the ministry to care for the poor and vulnerable in the country.