FG shortlists 500,000 for Batch C empowerment

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Half a million job seekers have been shortlisted for empowerment under the Federal Government’s N-Power Batch C programme run by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, the minister, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq has announced.

The lucky ones will form the first stream of those who scaled a screening process from a shortlist of 550,000 applicants, the minister said at a press briefing in Abuja on Tuesday and also explained that over 1.8 million Nigerians successfully updated their records and took the compulsory online test.

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“Further screening was undertaken and a short-list of 550,000 applicants qualified for the final selection to engage 500,000 nationwide to serve as the first stream of the N-Power Batch C programme. This is the Batch C1. The second batch of another 500,000 will subsequently be made in line with Mr President’s directive to engage 1,000,000 beneficiaries under the Batch C.

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“The 550,000 short-listed applicants are being individually contacted via their e-mail 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.

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“Additionally, applicants are invited to please call the dedicated NASIMS, N-Power helplines on 0188883410 or 08176551162 or send an email to support.npower@nasims.gov.ng for further enquiries on their application status and any other questions they may have. They must ensure that they keep their application details handy to ensure hitch free communication with the call centre desk,” said the minister.

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She also disclosed that no fewer than 9,196,823 pupils in classes 1 to 3 in public primary schools will receive one meal daily in all 54,619 schools nationwide as the ministry  resumes the National Home-Grown School Feeding programme.

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The minister explained that the scheme has been expanded to accommodate an additional five million children in line with the directives of President Muhammadu Buhari. “The outcome of this programme includes increase in school enrollment, 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.”

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