The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has disclosed that the online registration portal for the Batch C N-Power beneficiaries will be opened next week.

The ministry, in a statement on Friday by its Deputy Director of Information, Rhoda Iliya, said the decision to enrol the third batch of the scheme followed consultations on the program’s reform for greater efficiency.

According to the statement, the enrolment will provide opportunities for more Nigerian youths to access the programme, in furtherance of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s vision of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.

The ministry also disclosed that the current batches A and B would exit the scheme on June 30 and July 31, 2020 respectively.

The statement quoted Minister Sadiya Umar-Farouq as saying: “We have commenced the transitioning of beneficiaries from Batches A and B into government entrepreneurship schemes and engaging private sector bodies to absorb some of the beneficiaries after the completion of psychometric assessment to determine competency and placement into various opportunities.

“The Federal government is committed to the continuation and expansion and as such will now begin enrolment and onboarding of a new Batch of beneficiaries. Skills acquisition for entrepreneurship and job creation are critical for an economy that will require a boost post-COVID-19 and we are gearing up proactively for the challenge.”

On the mode of application, the statement said: “Applications will be conducted using a hybrid system of enrolment to ensure that all Nigerians are given an opportunity to participate.

“As a Ministry that caters for the vulnerable, we will also make special considerations for Persons living with disabilities.

“The online portal would be open to receive applications from noon on June 26, 2020 and will provide a level playing field for all applicants.

“As part of the Ministry’s reforms to make the programme more efficient, all applicants must supply their Bank Verification Number (BVN) in their application to ensure a streamlined and transparent selection process.”

The ministry further explained that once applications are submitted, it will review submissions and publish a list of successful applicants.

Daily Nigerian

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