The Npower programme was launched by the Nigerian government in 2016 as an initiative to reduce youth unemployment and promote social development.
The programme provides opportunities for unemployed graduates and non-graduates to acquire the necessary skills and experience that would make them employable in the labour market.
However, the payment of stipends to beneficiaries has been a major concern, with delays and inconsistencies in payment being a recurrent issue. In the latest Npower news, it has been confirmed that Batch C2 beneficiaries will receive their stipends for the months of October, November, and December 2022 this week.
According to the management of Npower, the delay in payment was due to unforeseen challenges such as technical processes and end-of-fiscal year mopping up of funds. This delay has caused a lot of frustration and anxiety for beneficiaries who rely on the stipends to support themselves and their families.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs disaster management and social development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, has assured beneficiaries that efforts have been made to address the challenges causing the delay, and that all outstanding stipends for graduate and non-graduate beneficiaries will be paid shortly.
The minister also acknowledged the commitment and cooperation of the beneficiaries and urged them to continue serving their nation in their places of primary assignment or training. The delay in stipend payment has been a major setback for the beneficiaries, but with the assurance of the minister, they can be hopeful for a better future.
The Npower programme has been an effective tool in reducing youth unemployment and promoting social development in Nigeria.
However, consistent payment of stipends to beneficiaries remains a major challenge that needs to be urgently addressed. The government should prioritize the timely payment of stipends to beneficiaries to avoid a repeat of the current situation.
Nigeria to Implement Biometric Clearance Gates at International Airports by March 2024
Nigeria is gearing up to introduce a significant upgrade to its airport security measures with the implementation of biometric clearance gates at international airports by March 2024.
This move aims to streamline passenger processing and bolster national security efforts.
Under the plan, five major international airports across Nigeria, including the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Port Harcourt International Airport, and Akanu Ibiam International Airport in Enugu, will be equipped with biometric clearance gates.
These gates will utilize advanced technology to provide seamless clearance services for passengers entering the country.
Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, emphasized that the installation of biometric gates reflects Nigeria’s commitment to enhancing border control management and adhering to global best practices.
The gates are expected to significantly reduce clearance times, with a passenger clearing in just 30 seconds.
Tunji-Ojo highlighted the gates’ dual purpose: expediting passenger processing while also enhancing national security by allowing for quick identification of persons of interest.
The initiative aligns with President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda, aiming to provide quality services to Nigerians while ensuring national security.
This modernization effort is poised to address long-standing issues of delays and improve the overall travel experience for passengers at Nigeria’s international airports.
President Bola Tinubu to Inaugurate Red Line Mass Transit Train on February 29
President Bola Tinubu is slated to inaugurate the long-awaited Red Line Mass Transit Train on February 29, according to the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The disclosure came during the Lagos State Parking Authority (LASPA) Stakeholders’ Forum 2024, held in Lagos.
The Red Line, a pivotal component of the state’s integrated mass transit system, stretches from Agbado in Ogun State to Oyingbo in Lagos Mainland.
The project aims to alleviate the perennial traffic congestion in Lagos, offering commuters a faster and more efficient mode of transportation.
Governor Sanwo-Olu highlighted the state’s commitment to addressing traffic challenges and emphasized the importance of the Lagos State Parking Policy in regulating parking across the metropolis.
The policy established the Lagos State Parking Authority (LASPA), tasked with implementing innovative parking solutions.
He underscored the collaboration between the state government and local authorities, recognizing the strategic partnership with the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) in parking regulation efforts.
The forthcoming inauguration marks a significant milestone in Lagos’ transportation infrastructure, promising improved mobility and reduced commute times for millions of residents.
With President Tinubu set to officiate the event, anticipation is high as the city prepares for this transformative development in its public transportation landscape.
Foreign Embassies Given Two Weeks to Settle $5.36M in Ground Rents
The Nigerian Government has issued a firm ultimatum to 43 foreign embassies and diplomatic houses in Abuja, the nation’s capital, demanding the settlement of outstanding ground rents totaling $5.36 million within two weeks.
In an official advertorial published by the Federal Capital Territory Administration in the Newspaper, the government emphasized the urgency of the matter.
Failure to comply within the stipulated period could result in the revocation of the rent titles held by the diplomatic entities.
The notice serves as a final warning to embassies, including prominent ones like the British High Commission, South African High Commission, Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, and the Embassy of Japan, among others.
These embassies and diplomatic entities have been identified as defaulters in the payment of their ground rents.
This directive underscores the Nigerian government’s commitment to ensuring compliance with legal obligations and financial commitments within its jurisdiction, regardless of the status of the entities involved.
The ultimatum is reminiscent of a similar notice issued last September to organizations in Abuja, emphasizing the importance of timely payment of annual rents.
The consequence of non-compliance, as stated in the notice, is the potential revocation of land titles.
The deadline creates a sense of urgency among the affected diplomatic missions, as failure to meet the payment deadline could lead to diplomatic tensions and logistical challenges for the embassies involved.
As the clock ticks, attention is focused on how these foreign embassies will respond to the Nigerian government’s ultimatum and whether they will meet the financial obligations within the stipulated timeframe.
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