The federal government has stated that over five million Nigerians have thus far applied for the ongoing N-Power Batch C scheme, stressing that only 400, 000 persons will be employed at the end of the exercise.
The N-Power Batch C recruitment online application process, which commenced on June 26, was scheduled to close last Sunday, July 26, 2020, but the ministry extended it by two weeks to allow more participants.
Meanwhile, giving an update of the development, the Deputy Director of Information at the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Rhoda Iliya, stated that, the registration was extended to avail every one of the opportunities to register.
She explained that the challenges faced by some people in gaining access to the registration portal which has seen a record number of over 5 million applications, also necessitated the extension of the closing date for registration.
Recall that, Sadiya Farouq, the minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, had said only 400,000 applicants will be absorbed into the third batch of the National Social Investment Scheme (NSIP) at the end of the recruitment exercise.
The minister said in a tweet: “My team and I continue to interface with stakeholders to ensure a successful transition for the @npower_ng.
“It has been 16 days since the portal opened and we have received 4.48 million applications to date.”
The minister had also on Monday, June 22, revealed that about 12,000 N-Power beneficiaries were yet to be paid their three-month stipends.
She admitted this at the media briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.
She disclosed that the delay in paying the volunteers was as a result of administrative issues, adding that her ministry was working to resolve it with the office of the accountant general.
“So, these are the administrative issues that have hindered the payment of some of the volunteers. There are about 12,000 of them based on our record and as I am speaking with you, the permanent secretary of the ministry is in the office of the accountant general to sort out these issues and once we get the report, we will make it available to all,” she said.