Recall that, the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development now known as the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation with a new Minister Dr. Betta Chimaobim Edu resumed office at the Ministry’s Headquarters in Abuja a few days ago and raised hope for 136 million poor Nigerians.
She recently announced that the Nigerian government will be disbursing the long-awaited stipends to C2 beneficiaries of the N-Power program. This decision has brought a sense of relief and renewed hope to thousands of individuals who have been eagerly awaiting their delayed payments.
The N-Power program, one of the federal government’s social intervention programs, was launched in 2016 with the aim of reducing unemployment and alleviating poverty among Nigerian youths. The program provides young graduates with the opportunity to gain skills and experience through various job placements and vocational training initiatives.
However, in recent months, there has been a growing concern among the C2 beneficiaries, who have not received their stipends for the past eight months. This delay has caused significant financial hardship for many participants who rely on the stipend to support themselves and their families.
Understanding the pressing need to address this issue, the minister, Betta Edu, has taken decisive action to ensure that these beneficiaries receive their payments as soon as possible. In a statement, Edu emphasised the government’s commitment to the welfare of Nigerian youths and acknowledged the adverse effects of the delay on their livelihoods.
The disbursement of the long overdue stipends is a testament to the government’s recognition of the importance of timely payments. The funds will go a long way in helping the beneficiaries meet their day-to-day needs, such as food, rent, utilities, and other essential expenses.
This development also signifies the government’s dedication to empowering Nigeria’s youth and fostering a supportive environment for their growth and well-being. By fulfilling its financial obligations, the government is not only demonstrating its commitment to the beneficiaries but also signaling its commitment to the success of the N-Power program as a whole.
Moreover, this decision provides a glimmer of hope for those who have been disheartened by the delays and uncertainty surrounding their stipends. It renews their faith in the government’s promise to address their needs and concerns. The Ministry for Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation has assured the beneficiaries that efforts are being made to ensure that such delays do not occur in the future.
While the disbursement of the stipends is undoubtedly a positive development, there remains a need for continuous improvement in the N-Power program. It is crucial for the government to streamline the payment process and ensure that beneficiaries will not face similar delays in the future. By doing so, the government can instill a sense of reliability and trust in the program, encouraging more youth to participate and benefit from its opportunities.
Also the announcement by Betta Edu, the Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, regarding the disbursement of the long-awaited stipends to C2 beneficiaries of the N-Power program is a sigh of relief for many. The provision of these stipends brings much-needed financial support to these individuals who have faced significant hardships due to the delay. It also demonstrates the government’s commitment to empowering Nigerian youth and nurturing their growth. Moving forward, it is crucial for the government to ensure that such delays are prevented in the future, and beneficiaries receive their stipends in a timely manner.
Having not paid a dime from January to August and leaving C2 N-Power beneficiaries with uncertainties, the question remains how will they believe that their welfare is prioritised over personal interests with the new minister? This time around, will Betta go Better to the N-Poweries?
Yusuf Saidu Tara,