By Nkoli Opara (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered an increase in the number of N-Power beneficiaries from from 500, 000 to 1,000,000, according to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq.
Farouq, who made this known on Monday at a ministerial press briefing to give account of her ministry in the last one year in Abuja, said the order was part of Buhari’s promise to lift 100m Nigerians from poverty in the next 10 years, adding that the president also directed an increase in the number of beneficiaries of the Home-Grown School Feeding by 5,000,000.
Excerpts of her speech read, “In a bid to realise Mr. President’s commitment to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years, the ministry places significant emphasis on youth empowerment by strategically ascertaining youth engagement as a foundational objective in implementing the following strategies: double the scope of the National Social Investment Programmes.
“Mr. President has graciously approved the expansion of all NSIP programmes, such as increase of N-Power beneficiaries from 500,000 to 1,000,000, increase GEEP beneficiaries by 1,000,000 and increase of beneficiaries of Home-Grown School Feeding by 5,000,000.”