Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, yesterday disclosed that a total of 550,000 qualified applicants out of over 1.8million Nigerians who successfully updated their records and took the compulsory online test have been short-listed for the final selection to serve as the first stream of the N-Power Batch C programme.

The minister, who stated this in a press statement in Abuja, further disclosed that, of the 550,000 short-listed applicants, 500,000 Nigerians will be engaged nationwide for the Batch C programme.

Farouq noted that the second batch of another 500,000 will subsequently be made in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to engage 1,000,000 beneficiaries under the Batch C N-Power Batch programme.

While explaining the painstaking processes the Ministry undertook, the minister revealed that: “the 550,000 short-listed applicants are being individually contacted via their email addresses provided and are first advised to check and then immediately log on to the NASIMS self-service portal and enrol their biometric data to qualify for final selection.

“In the e-mail notifications sent to all short-listed applicants, detailed instructions on next steps are provided. Additionally, applicants are invited to please call the dedicated NASIMS, N-Power help lines on 0188883410 or 08176551162 or send an email to [email protected] for further enquiries on their application status and any other questions they may have,” Farouq said, noting that they must ensure that they keep their application details handy to ensure hitch free communication with the call centre desk.

She also reeled out a series of updates on other live-impacting programmes carried out by the federal government through her Ministry.

Her words: “I am also pleased to inform you that the Ministry has recommenced the National Home-Grown School Feeding programme. A total of 9,196,823 pupils in classes 1 to 3 in public primary schools will receive one nutritious meal daily in all 54,619 schools nationwide. The programme is being expanded to accommodate an additional 5 million children in line with the directives of His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari.

“The outcomes of this programme include; increase in school enrolment, improved nutrition for benefiting pupils, boosting of local economies and facilitating job creation through the activities of 103,028 cooks, 100,000 small holder farmers and numerous aggregators and commodity transporters engaged nationwide. Furthermore, I am happy to report to you that plans to on-board the second Batch of beneficiaries under the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme, GEEP, are nearing completion and will be made public soon.

“Also as part of the NSIP, the Rapid Response Register RRR has been put in place by the Ministry as a shock responsive intervention register specifically targeted at the Urban Informal workers impacted by the Covid 19 Pandemic. One million Beneficiaries will receive monthly cash transfers of N5,000 for 6 months.

In their opening and closing remarks, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Malam Bashir Alkali, and the national coordinator, National Social Investment Programme, NSIP, Dr. Umar Bindir, respectively, applauded the minister for her painstaking efforts and visionary leadership.

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