In today’s latest N-power news we will share you frequently asked questions and answers about N-power batches A, B and C programme.
Frequently Asked Questions On The N-power Programme
1. How are N-power beneficiaries recruited?
Through an online portal free from political consideration.
2. Date of commencement of the batches A, B and C batches
- Batch A commenced in December 2016 and were existed in June 2020.
- Batch B commenced in August 2018 and existed in July 2020
- Batch C is set to commence in the coming weeks.
3. Date of commencement of Batch C stream 1.
August 2021 onboarding is currently ongoing.
4. How many beneficiaries are in each batch?
- Batch A had 200,000 beneficiarie
- Batch B had 300,000 beneficiaries
- Batch C has one millions beneficiaries in 2 stream, 510,000 in stream 1 and 490,000 in stream 2.
5. What is the duration of the Programme?
Batch A and B were on the Programme for 2 years while Batch C will be on for 1 year. To allow more Nigerian Youths access to the programme.
6. What are the transition plans for the 2 batches of N-power beneficiaries?
The FMHADMSD is currently collaborating with the Central Bank of Nigeria in offering possible economic placements and other opportunities to be excited volunteers Thay meet up with CBNs selection criteria. Over 300,000 exited beneficiaries have indicated interest to be on the exit programme.
7. How many volunteers has the ministry had in the programme?
A total of 544,949 volunteers cutting across both graduate (500,000) and non-graduate (44,949) component of the programme in Batch A and B, Batch C has 490,000 graduates in the graduate component that comprises of N-Teach, N-Health and N-Agro and 60,000 non-graduate trainees for N-Tech in Hardwares and Software and N-Creative.
8. What is the contribution of donor agencies in the N-power programme?
N-power programme is wholly funded by the FG annual budget since 2016 to date.
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9. What’s the contribution of State Governments in the programme since the States are major beneficiaries of the programme?
The role of State Government in this empowerment programme is largely on supporting the implementation as well as the Monitoring and Evaluation to ensure that delivery is in line with the FGs goals and objectives since it’s States that are the beneficiaries of the N-power programme.
This is supervised at State level by the NSIP State Focal Persons who are appointed by the State Government.
10. Do you recruit those without formal educational background?
The minimum qualification for the entry into the programme is SSCE for the non-graduate trainees. We are currently trying to review this to accommodate those without any formal educational qualification.
11. Do you have impact/impacts of the programme in the socio-economic development in the country?
Testimonials abound of the impact of the programme some 109,823 beneficiaries have become entrepreneurs employing the services of others.
It provides our terming youth with learning opportunities and experience.
Provides youth income for start-up for economic transformation initiatives.
It addresses unemployment and improve the livelyhood of young unemploy Nigerians.
Others have acquired requisite experience and skills that have enabled them secure jobs.
Some of them are currently engaged as aggregators for the Home Grown School Feeding Programme.
The benchmark for every State that benefits from the graduate programme was pecked at 10,000 beneficiaries. This actually means that each state has monthly drawdown of a minimum of 300 million Naira going into State economic activities from N-power alone. Some States get as high as 19,000 volunteers. Numbers beyond the 10,000 per State based on needs like the poverty index of the State. One can imagine then the multiplier effect of this programme to the State.
12. What’s the success rate between the Graduate programme and Non-graduate?
The success rate is very high in the 2 components, but the rate at which the Non-graduate plays is like a ready-made market as they become productive during their training session.
Most of them are recruited in the various construction Industries while other make used of their tools and scout for jobs for themselves.
On the other hand, State Governments have seen the contribution of the graduate volunteers (N-Teach) that are attached to the various schools owned by the State.
13. How do you intend to make adequate provision for existing beneficiaries?
We have studied the programme implementation thus far and have come up with this pilot of transition through collaboration with CBN in offering opportunities to willing volunteers to use this strategy.
Other options are been considered and will be leverage upon as we continue to roll out the programme.
14. N-power programme is an interventionist program, how would you ensure the teaming unemployed youths benefits from FGs intervention considering the large numbers of unemployed young Nigerians?
The assurance is for us to continue to allow the programme to be an intervention thereby allowing others to come in after the duration completed accordingly.
We have also redesigned the programme into a more integrated social investment programme. The aims is to scale the programme in an efficient way to allow for more beneficiaries as well as increasing the impact on the economy.
This also inform the revision of the programme from a 2 year to 1 year duration.
15. They cry for permanency of batches A and B has been so loud, why can’t FG provide permanent job offer to the beneficiaries rather than the transitioned offer?
Right from the programme design and application process, the duration of the programme is made known to interested persons.
Government is to create an enabling environment for youth to build capacity and gain experience through social protection programme like N-power and not employing permanently over 500,000 in it’s payroll.
This intervention has been considered as the single largest post tertiary education recruitment in Africa. In reducing the unemployment rate, different tracks had been taken to ensure volunteers and trainees utilize those opportunities and become productive and self-reliant through on the job and hands on experience.
16. Are applicants or beneficiaries expected to make any to be selected or onboarded?
No, the application, selection and on boarding process is FREE at all levels. Any attempt to extort money from innocent Nigerians should be reported and perpetrators will be penalized according to the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
For more information about N-power Batches A, B and C programme visit the official N-power Portal https://nasims.gov.ng