The newly appointed Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Betta Chimaobim Edu, has breathed fresh hope into the lives of 136 million Npower beneficiaries.
Just days after taking office at the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja, Dr. Edu announced the imminent disbursement of long-overdue stipends to C2 beneficiaries of the Npower program.
This decision has kindled a sense of relief and optimism among thousands of individuals who have patiently awaited their delayed payments.
The Npower program, a pivotal component of the federal government’s social intervention initiatives, was initiated in 2016 with the primary goal of tackling unemployment and alleviating poverty among Nigerian youths. The program provides young graduates with invaluable opportunities to acquire skills and experience through diverse job placements and vocational training initiatives.
Nevertheless, recent months have witnessed mounting concerns among C2 beneficiaries who have gone without their stipends for the past eight months. This unfortunate delay has inflicted considerable financial hardship on many participants, for whom the stipend serves as a vital lifeline to support themselves and their families.
Recognizing the pressing need to address this issue, Minister Betta Edu has taken swift and resolute action to expedite the disbursement of these overdue payments.
In a statement, Edu underscored the government’s unwavering commitment to the welfare of Nigerian youths and acknowledged the adverse repercussions of the delay on their livelihoods.
The release of these long-awaited stipends underscores the government’s acknowledgment of the paramount importance of timely disbursements. These funds will play a pivotal role in helping beneficiaries meet their day-to-day necessities, including food, rent, utilities, and other essential expenses.
By fulfilling its financial obligations, the government is not merely reaffirming its dedication to the beneficiaries but also signaling its unswerving commitment to the overall success of the Npower program.
Also, this decision rekindles hope for those who had been disheartened by the prolonged delays and uncertainties surrounding their stipends. It restores their faith in the government’s pledge to address their needs and concerns.
While the stipend disbursement marks an undeniably positive development, it underscores the need for ongoing enhancement of the Npower program. It is imperative for the government to streamline the payment process and guarantee that beneficiaries will not encounter similar delays in the future.
By doing so, the government can instill a sense of reliability and trust in the program, thereby encouraging more youth to participate and reap the program’s abundant opportunities.
Looking ahead, it is of paramount importance for the government to implement measures that will avert such delays in the future, ensuring that beneficiaries consistently receive their stipends in a punctual and dependable manner.
Gen Z Baddie, Ilebaye Crowned Winner of Big Brother All-star Season
Ilebaye the Gen Z Baddie., evicted 3rd week of Big Brother Level-Up season, emerged winner Of All-Star season.
In a thrilling finale that had fans on the edge of their seats, Gen Z sensation Ilebaye emerged as the winner of Big Brother All-Star Season with 30.08% of the votes, Investor King reports.
The 23-year-old Kogi-born captivated viewers with her intelligence, wit, charisma, and strategic gameplay.
The Big Brother All-Star Season was a battleground of the best, bringing together fan-favorite contestants from previous seasons. Cross, Pere, Adekunle, Ceec, Mercy, and Ilebaye were the 6 housemates who made it to the finals.
Ilebaye’s victory comes with a grand prize of 120 million naira, a weekend getaway for two, and an SUV, a year’s supply of Pepsi, among other rewards.
In her final speech, Ilebaye thanked her fans for their support and said she was grateful for the opportunity to participate in the BBNaija All-Stars season. She also promised to use their platform to impact the world positively.
Controversial Lagos Socialite Sam Larry Arrested in Connection with Mohbad’s Death
The Lagos State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of Balogun Eletu, popularly known as Sam Larry, a prominent Lagos socialite, in connection with the ongoing investigation into the tragic demise of Ilerioluwa Aloba, known as Mohbad, the late singer who passed away under mysterious circumstances.
Sam Larry’s arrest took place at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport on Thursday evening as he arrived from Kenya.
A police source, requesting anonymity due to a lack of authorization to speak on the matter, revealed that Sam Larry was promptly taken to the state police headquarters for questioning.
Sam Larry’s name has been in the spotlight since the demand for justice surrounding Mohbad’s untimely death gained momentum.
The arrest follows the police’s previous invitation of both Sam Larry and Mohbad’s former music label boss, Azeez Fashola, popularly known as Naira Marley, for questioning regarding the singer’s demise.
In a significant development, pathologists have recently completed the autopsy on Mohbad, with the police now awaiting the results.
This development followed the exhumation of Mohbad’s remains, conducted collaboratively by the Nigeria Police Force and health officials.
Also, the nurse who administered the injection to the late singer before his tragic passing on September 12 has also been arrested as part of the ongoing investigation.
As the investigation continues, the Lagos State Police Command is determined to unravel the circumstances surrounding Mohbad’s death and ensure justice is served.
Minister Betta Edu Vows to Overhaul NPower Program and Eradicate Poverty
Nigeria’s Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu, has revealed a series of challenges plaguing the NPower program, vowing to overhaul the initiative to ensure it fulfills its mission of alleviating poverty for millions of Nigerians.
During the Arise TV interview, Minister Edu expressed her commitment to transforming the NPower program and addressing its longstanding issues.
She explained that the NPower payment list contains the names of individuals who should not be part of the program, revealing the gravity of the problems that her ministry is actively working to rectify.
“First of all, when we came onboard, we found lots of issues with the NPower program that made us re-engage the entire plan,” Edu stated. “One of the things was that there were persons registered on the NPower beyond the envelope that was provided for the program.”
The revelation of individuals beyond the program’s intended scope raises questions about the program’s effectiveness in targeting those most in need of assistance.
Edu further highlighted financial mismanagement as a critical issue affecting NPower beneficiaries. “Funds were released for payment for people under NPower, and they were not paid in a timely manner by the managers of the funds of the NPower beneficiaries,” she declared.
This mismanagement of funds not only hinders the program’s ability to provide timely support but also undermines the trust of beneficiaries in the system.
Perhaps the most concerning aspect disclosed by the minister is the inclusion of individuals on the payment list who should not be there and those who do not contribute to the program despite receiving payments.
Edu said, “There were also people who were on the payment list who are not supposed to be there, and there are persons who are there but are not providing any services but have been enrolled to have payment.”
Such irregularities in the program’s implementation not only waste resources but also deprive those genuinely in need of the support they require.
Also, Edu acknowledged the issue of individuals who had surpassed their allotted time with the NPower program but still expected to receive payments. She referred to this as an “exit plan,” which has led to continued financial obligations that the program may not be able to sustain.
To address these pressing concerns, Minister Edu disclosed that a committee has been established to scrutinize and provide recommendations for improving the NPower program. The committee, headed by the secretary of the ministry, is expected to propose reforms based on its findings.
Minister Edu’s commitment to reforming the NPower program aligns with the broader goal of President Tinubu’s administration to uplift 133 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2030, in accordance with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
She declared, “For poverty alleviation, we are targeting at least 133 million Nigerians between now and 2030, which is in line with the SDGs that we signed at the United Nations.”
However, Edu emphasized that the government is not content with maintaining the status quo.
“The difference here is that we are not going to continue doing things the same way and expect different results,” she affirmed.
“There are different plans we are working on, and we believe very strongly that by the next one year, we should be able to say that at least we have removed 20 million Nigerians out of poverty.”
The commitment to addressing the NPower program’s flaws and the ambitious goal of poverty eradication signal a new direction in the fight against poverty in Nigeria, one that aims to be more efficient, transparent, and impactful for the nation’s most vulnerable citizens.
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