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At the weekend, information surfaced that since there was no provision made in the 2020 budget for 2016 N-Power beneficiaries, they have been exited from the scheme, Concise News reports.

The message further claimed that the Federal Government plans to recruit 300, 000 new N-Power volunteers.

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While the source of the information is unknown, it has been circulated on major N-Power volunteers’ platforms.

What we know is that President Muhammadu Buhari moved N-Power, school feeding programme and others to a new ministry.

He made that known in his Independence Day speech this year.

The newly created Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development is expected to oversee the administration’s Special Intervention Programme.

Speaking on the Special Intervention Programme, which is under the supervision of the office of the Vice-President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, the President stated, “Our ongoing N500bn  Special Intervention Programme continues to target vulnerable groups, through the home-grown School Feeding Programme, Government Economic Empowerment Programme, N-Power, Job Creation Programme, loans for traders and artisans, Conditional Cash Transfers to the poorest families and social housing scheme.

“To institutionalise these impactful programmes, we created the Ministry for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development which shall consolidate and build on our achievements to date. To the beneficiaries of these programmes, I want to reassure you that our commitment to social inclusion will only increase.”

President Buhari’s proposal of N10.33trn ($28.5bn) budget for next year is record-breaking.

Last month, Maryam Uwais, the senior special assistant to the President on social investment, in an interview with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) said there are plans to ‘disengage’ thousands of beneficiaries of the N-Power scheme.

“We are trying to see how we can address some of these gaps through these N-Power beneficiaries that are meant to be disengaged by end of the year,” Uwais said.

“We are looking out loans to be made available to them, it has not be finalized yet with the finance ministry,” she added.

Curiously, there has been no official statement about the supposed disengagement as at the time of publishing this report.

On the new recruitment plan, N-Power has not released any information to that effect yet too.