As N-Power Beneficiaries Receive Long-Awaited Stipends, Edu Unveiled New Empowerment Programs

This blog post focuses on the current payment of the long term 9 months owed stipend and the introduction of new empowerment programs for the year 2024.

Introduction

On Thursday the 21 of December, 2023, the Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Better Edu, revealed that N-Power beneficiaries have commenced receiving their overdue 9 months stipends. This development was received with joy by the batch C 2 beneficiaries who have diligently served but faced delays in payment.

Dr. Better Edu’s Interview With Channels Television

During an interview with Channels TV, Dr. Better Edu reassured the nation that the payment process is ongoing and described the commitment of the ministry to promptly settle the stipends. In her statement, she highlighted the tireless efforts made by the ministry, even working late into the early hours of the morning to ensure that the deserving beneficiaries receive the funds owed to them from the previous administration.

According to Dr. Better Edu, “Npower Beneficiaries across the Nation can attest to the fact that they have started receiving monies in their accounts, and this process will continue till the last person who indeed has served is paid.” This statement serves as a relief to the N-Power beneficiaries, bringing an end to the long waiting for the disbursement of their owed stipends.

Conditional Cash Transfer Update

In addition to the positive news about N-Power stipends, Dr. Better Edu shared insights into the progress of the N25,000 conditional cash transfer program. She disclosed that 3.5 million Nigerians have already received their payments, with plans to cover an additional 4.5 million within the next week, totaling 8 million beneficiaries. Importantly, the inclusion of newly registered pensioners in the payroll was also mentioned, showcasing the government’s commitment to addressing the financial needs of various segments of the poor and vulnerable population of the country.

Shelter Programs for Refugees

Dr. Better Edu also spoke on the ministry’s initiatives to provide shelter for refugees. She announced the launch of shelter programs, with two samples already constructed—one-bedroom and two-bedroom flats. Furthermore, an ambitious project involving the construction of 40 houses for internally displaced persons has commenced in Benue State, with an expected completion timeframe of three months.

The minister’s updates highlight a multi-aspects approach to addressing the diverse needs of citizens, ranging from the payment of owed stipends of N-Power beneficiaries to housing solutions for refugees and internally displaced persons.

Innovative Programs Set to Begin in January 2024

As we step into the new year, the President’s promise of transformative and innovative programs draws closer, January 2024 will mark the initiation of these very important initiatives, each designed to address crucial aspects of societal well-being and development.

End Hunger Intervention

One of the flagship programs set to launch is the “End Hunger Intervention.” This initiative is structured around three interconnected aspects. Firstly, vendors will be mobilized to prepare a million cooked meals for Nigerians, to ensure immediate relief for those facing food insecurity. Secondly, a strategic distribution of raw food rations will take place, reaching out to those in need across the nation.

The last aspect of the program involves providing fertilizer support to poor farmers who cultivate the very crops that fuel the food vendors’ operations. This cyclic model will not only tackle hunger head-on but also promotes sustainability within the agricultural ecosystem.

Grow Nigeria Program

Recognizing the urgent need to address climate change, Mr. President introduces the “Grow Nigeria Program.” This initiative focuses on empowering rural women to contribute actively to environmental sustainability. By encouraging these women to cultivate trees, the program goes in line with the global efforts to combat the challenges arising from climate change.

Importantly, the initiative emphasizes the role of trees in averting the impacts of global warming and controlling floods, involving rural women in the approach to environmental conservation.

Low-Cost Shelter Program

Building on the ongoing shelter programs, the low-cost shelter initiative has already kicked off in Benue State. With the goal of completing 40 houses within three months, this program addresses the pressing need for affordable housing. By providing a workable solution, the government aims to improve living conditions and uplift communities in need. The project in Benue State serves as a pilot, potentially paving the way for similar initiatives nationwide.

Rural Vocational Skills Program

In a bid to empower rural women, bridge the urban-rural divide, and foster inclusive development, Mr. President has launched the Rural Vocational Skills Program. With its initiation in Sokoto State, this program seeks to equip women in rural areas with valuable skills that can translate into sustainable livelihoods. The pilot in Sokoto sets the stage for future expansions, with plans to include more states in the South in the near future.

Conclusion

The recent payment of the N-Power beneficiaries owed stipends signifies the Government readiness to work with the youth and also proved that the upcoming year holds the promise of transformative change as Mr. President unveiled. From addressing hunger and environmental concerns to providing shelter and empowering women with vocational skills, these initiatives reflect a crucial vision for the betterment of Nigerian society.

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