The looming dismissal of 500,000 persons engaged in Nigeria’s Social Investment Programme (N-Power) has been announced by the federal government.

The media aide to Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Salisu Na’inna Danbatta disclosed this earlier in the week.

According to him , beneficiaries were stipulated to spend 24 months but Batch A beneficiaries have spent over 40 months .

Danbatta noted that the programme has enrolled 500,000 beneficiaries thus far , 200,000 from Batch A which started in September 2016 and 300,000 from Batch B which kicked off in August 2018.

He further said the initiative contributed to the administration’s goal of lifting 100 million people out of poverty by creating opportunity to facilitate productivity of the Nigerian youth.

Danbatta, who also quoted a statement released by the ministry’s spokesperson, Rhoda Iliya, said the current beneficiaries have overstayed in the programme “thereby denying other Nigerians an opportunity to access the programme and gain skills for entrepreneurship and employment.”

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