N-Power is a social investment programme initiated by the Federal Government of Nigeria in 2016 to address the issue of youth unemployment and poverty. The programme provides vocational training and empowerment to young Nigerians between the ages of 18 and 35.
In 2020, the Federal Government announced the suspension of N-Power to allow for a review and restructuring of the programme. The government stated that the restructuring was necessary to ensure that the programme is more effective and efficient in achieving its objectives.
Over two years after the suspension of N-Power, there is still no clarity on whether the programme will be reinstated. In this article, we will examine the status of N-Power and discuss the factors that may influence the government’s decision on whether or not to reinstate the programme.
Current Status of N-Power
As of October 2023, N-Power remains suspended. The Federal Government has not yet announced any plans to reinstate the programme. However, in recent months, there have been some indications that the government may be considering restarting N-Power.
In August 2023, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Sadiya Umar Farouq, stated that the government is reviewing the N-Power programme with a view to making it more effective and sustainable. She also stated that the government is committed to creating jobs and opportunities for young Nigerians.
In October 2023, the National Programme Manager for N-Power, Akindele Egbuwalo, announced that the government will commence the payment of backlogs to N-Power beneficiaries who are on the programme. This announcement suggests that the government may be preparing to reinstate N-Power.
Factors That May Influence the Government’s Decision on N-Power
There are a number of factors that may influence the government’s decision on whether or not to reinstate N-Power. These factors include:
- The availability of funds: N-Power is a costly programme to implement. The government will need to consider whether it has the financial resources to reinstate the programme.
- The effectiveness of N-Power in achieving its objectives: The government will need to assess whether N-Power has been effective in addressing the issue of youth unemployment and poverty. If the government concludes that N-Power has been ineffective, it may be less likely to reinstate the programme.
- The political climate: The government may also consider the political climate when making a decision on N-Power. If the government is facing public pressure to create jobs and opportunities for young Nigerians, it may be more likely to reinstate the programme.
It is still too early to say definitively whether or not N-Power will be reinstated. The government has not yet made any announcements on its plans for the programme. However, the recent statements from government officials suggest that the government is considering restarting N-Power.
Why was N-Power suspended?
N-Power was suspended in 2020 to allow for a review and restructuring of the programme. The government stated that the restructuring was necessary to ensure that the programme is more effective and efficient in achieving its objectives.
When will N-Power be reinstated?
The Federal Government has not yet announced any plans to reinstate N-Power. However, in recent months, there have been some indications that the government may be considering restarting N-Power.
How can I apply for N-Power?
The application process for N-Power is typically announced by the Federal Government. Once the application process is open, interested candidates can apply online through the N-Power website.
The author of this article has an extensive background in academic instruction. He has taught at both the university and secondary school levels. He has also conducted research on education and social policy.
- Federal Government of Nigeria: https://statehouse.gov.ng/
- N-Power website: https://www.npower.org/
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