Buhari mandates increment of N-Power beneficiaries to one million

Buhari mandates increment of N-Power beneficiaries to one million

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, December 10, approved the increase in the number of N-Power beneficiaries from 500,000 to one million.

Buhari made this disclosure via his Twitter handle.

The President reaffirmed his plans to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.

He wrote: “We remain committed to the plan to lift 100m Nigerians out of poverty.

“To this end, I have approved an increase in scope of our Social Investment Programme: Doubling of @npower_ng beneficiaries to 1 million; 1 million new @geep_ng beneficiaries & 5 million new pupils for @NHGSFP.”

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, had on November 30 hinted that the number of N-Power beneficiaries would be doubled.

President Buhari inaugurated the N-Power programme on June 8, 2016, with 500,000 direct beneficiaries.

The programme was conceived by the government in a bid to address youth unemployment; and increase social development in the country.

The government planned to spend N400 billion on N-POWER, TRADERMONI and other SIPs in 2021.

Meanwhile, Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, on Thursday, December 10, stated that Nigeria is in a parlous situation as nobody is in charge.

Soyinka also stated that 2020 has been the most challenging year as a result of the many problems facing the nation.

He made this observation at the Booksellers, venue of the presentation of his new book, ‘Chronicles of the happiest people on earth,’ a book with over 500 pages.

According to Soyinka, the situation in Nigeria was worse as a result of the imperial nature of its leadership.

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Speaking further during the book presentation, Soyinka said that the situation in the country had reached a point where you are not very sure of where you are going and where you will end.

Soyinka also stated that the present situation in the country is not the way a nation should be; and not the way the citizens should exist.

He said; “With the turbulence that characterises year 2020, and as activities wind down; the mood has been repugnant and very negative. I don’t want to sound pessimistic but this is one of the most pessimistic years I have known in this nation; and it wasn’t just because of COVID-19, no. Natural disasters had happened elsewhere; but how have you managed to take such in their strides?

“Situation has reached a point where you are not very sure of where you are going; and where you will end it. As I had said before, you don’t believe, in many instances, that anybody is in charge. That, really, it’s a parlous condition for any nation. So, I am afraid it has not been a very good year for me generally,” Soyinka added.

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