N-power in September: Ten (10) Crazy Facts Steering at Volunteers  

N-power in September: Ten (10) Crazy Facts Steering at Volunteers :In few days to come, the honorable minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Madam Umar Sadiya Farouq, will clear the air over batch A and B’s exit into what is now called” Transition”

The month of September might be heavily pregnant, it holds the fate of batch A and B in the Npower programme.

There are many promising things that will happen in the month of September, the minister disclosed plans by her ministry to Transitioned the entire programme for better efficiency.

This transitioning includes, transiting both Batch A and B in Government entrepreneurship and viable private sectors’ platforms to empower disengaged volunteers

In a Live broadcast, the minister said, both batch A and B will be exited to pave way for 400,000 new volunteers into the programme

“The beneficiaries were supposed to spend 24 months on the programme, but Batch A beneficiaries have spent over 40 months thereby denying other Nigerians an opportunity to access the programme and gain skills for entrepreneurship and employment,” Sadiya said.

She also disclosed last week of commencing the transitioning of beneficiaries of Batch 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

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Let us Unlock All the Crazy facts that will Happen as September Draw close

Disengagement and Exit of Batch A and B  

All the 500,000 beneficiaries selected in 2016 and 2017 under Batch A and B, will cease to be volunteers, as their tenure have finally ended

The 500,000 disengaged beneficiaries were supposed to spend 24 months, but Batch A beneficiaries have spent over 40 months thereby denying other Nigerians an opportunity to access the programme and gain skills for entrepreneurship and empowerment

She always maintains her stands on exit of batch A and B beneficiaries into what is called “Transition”,

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There had been controversies between Ms Farouq and President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Adviser on Social Investment, Maryam Uwais, about the exit package for the Batch A and B volunteers as each traded blame on who was responsible for the delay in disengaging the beneficiaries.

“The Minister had blamed the National Social Investment Office (NSIO), under Mrs Uwais for having no viable plan for the exit of the beneficiaries.”

“In reaction, Mrs Uwais said her administrators had made ‘exit plans’ which had not been implemented before the office was moved under the leadership of Ms Farouq. She also said she had briefed Mrs Farouq on those plans”.

Volunteers will be Transitioned in the Month of September

Transitioning volunteers into a meaningful and sustainable venture will strategically position the economy at an advantage, no volunteer will be laid-off- Sadiya Umar Disclosed this on NTA

She told reporters of the Transition plans developed since November 2019, and that all beneficiaries would be engaged according to the Psychometric assessment results

The minister made it clear, “we are only transiting volunteers into a meaningful and viable ventures, we will not throw volunteers to the street

Beneficiaries will be transitioned into Government Entrepreneurship Schemes and other Viable Private Sectors to boast the economy devasted by covid-19 “

According to Umar Sadiya Farouq, the Federal Government is gradually transitioning volunteers to the next level to make provision for others.

The goal is to keep volunteers Npowered while positioning Nigeria at the core of the post covid-19 digital economy.

Responding to a question asked on NTA, the Minister hinted Government plan to transition volunteers without laying them off.

“As part of the transition process before eligible volunteers will be absorbed into government entrepreneurship schemes and engaging private sector bodies to absorb some of the beneficiaries, a compulsory completion of psychometric assessment would be done to determine competency and placement into various opportunities – Hajiya Sadiya Farouq disclosed.

The Federal Government will be opening opportunities in the services and real sectors of the economy where all volunteers will be deployed.

 Some key sectors for deployment include.

  • Real Estate
  •  Hospitality
  • Information & Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Creative industry
  • Finance (agency banking) 
  • Agriculture & Agro processing
  • Transport and Logistics
  •  Retail (e-commerce)

Psychometric Test Might Be Conducted in September

As part of the transition process before eligible volunteers will be absorbed into government entrepreneurship schemes and private sector bodies

See Transitioning Batch A & B: Psychometric Test Past Questions and Answers

A compulsory completion of psychometric assessment will be done to determine competency and placement into various opportunities- Umar Sadiya Farouq 

“The ministry said the current enrollees of the scheme (Batch A) will exit June 30, 2020 while (Batch B) will exit the programme on July 31, 2020.”

“This was contained in a statement in Abuja on Friday by the Deputy Director Information of the ministry, Rhoda Iliya”

 Hajiya Sadiya Farouq,  said “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.

Payment of July Stipends will be made in September

Sadiya said, July stipend is already processed, in NTA One on One live broadcast, she hinted challenges of preventing re-occurrence of flagging of account during payment. Hence the delay

During her “One Year of #services2Humanity” #MakingImpact


She said she has signed off payment of both Batch A and B. No longer in jurisdiction but at the office of the Accountant General.

Because of the change in payment Platform, it was discovered that some names also appear in other government payment vouchers.

Hopefully, before month ends all beneficiaries should have their payment but no longer at her office.

They are in talks with MDAs, State government and Private sectors for absorption.
For Batch C, 5.1 million applied

Screening to commence soon as only those qualified will be engaged. And they must be ready to sign for the stipulated time frame of the program

On-boarding of New Entrant (400,000 new volunteers) Might Starts in September

N-power Batch C registration ended second week of August; the N-power official Facebook Handle Confirmed this

Registration started late June, spanned through the month of July, will officially end first week of August 2020

More than five Million Applications were received and confirmed

See N-power Batch C Pre-selection Test Past Questions and Answers

Only 400,000 applicants will make it through to the on-boarding process, a rigid procedure is already in place to screened out applications 

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq is pleased to conduct a Free, Fair and Credible recruitment

In no distant time, further instructions will be made known as to the next stage of the recruitment exercise

Onboarding of the Batch C successful applicants might happen in the month of September as procedures are already in place to shortlist and commence batch C

No Hope for Device Selection and Pickup in September

The much-promised devices, might not come at all, any hope on devices is a “wishful thinking”

All beneficiaries should take to Mrs. sadiya’s twitter page and sing tirelessly of the much-promised devices

Massive Protests Against Disengagement in September is Very Much Possible

Not fewer than 3,500 disengaged volunteers from the 36 states and the FCT have taken Abuja city by surprise for a SIT-IN IN ABUJA protest. A protest that will last till October 2020

The Protest is schedule to take place 26th of August 2020 at the national Secretariat Abuja

Volunteers have already sort police permission and injunction to press on with their demand

Volunteers of the Npower programme were recently disengaged by the government, a move not palatable for a country like Nigeria, with more than 60 million jobless young persons  

Disengaged Volunteers will be contesting and questioning the disengagement plan carried out by the Umar Sadiya Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development

This is not the first protest, two massive protests were already carried out, but the government claimed they have no money to settle volunteers, citing poor economy and the global pandemic as reasons

The “SIT-IN IN ABUJA” protest will be a long and precise one, not until the president addresses the situation himself, disengaged volunteers will not step an inch out of the Federal Capital territory

Protesting Volunteers took along, for themselves blankets, stoves, cooking Utensils, Buckets, and Media outlets

Reopening Schools very Much Possible in the Month of September

The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, has disclosed that the Federal Government is already making plans to reopen schools nationwide

He also urged members of the public to disregard rumors making the round on social media that the Federal Government would reopen schools in the next two weeks.

According to him, schools will be reopened after they are resourced properly. “We all are seriously interested in reopening and I believe we will reopen soon.

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