After the success of Npower Batch A, B and C scheme, the government of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has shown interest in continuity by declaring that his administration will surely continue with N-power scheme under his agenda called ‘Renewed Hope Job Creation 3.0’. President Tinubu has really kept his promise of continuing with Npower program by starting payment of arrears and outstanding stipend of Batch C stream 2 Npower beneficies this December, 2023.
N-Power is a scheme set up by the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari since 8 June 2016, to address the issues of youth unemployment and help increase social development. The scheme was created as a component of National Social Investment Program, to provide a structure for large scale and relevant work skills acquisition and development and to ensure that each participant will learn and practice most of what is necessary to find or create work.
On 12 June 2016, online enrolment for N-Power Batch A beneficiaries commenced on the online registration portal. The portal for registration was supposed to close on 25 July 2016, but was extended till 31 August 2016, allowing a total of 350,000 Nigerians to apply.
On 21 November 2016, 200,000 Nigerian youths out of the 350,000 that applied were selected based on their performances in an online assessment test. 150,000 beneficiaries were selected under N-Teach category, 30,000 under N-Agro and 20,000 under N-Health. On 1 December 2016, the Batch A beneficiaries started work in their various places of primary assignment.
On 13 June 2017, online enrolment for N-Power Batch B beneficiaries commenced and within 5 days, more than 750,000 applications were received on the online registration portal. The application portal closed on 27 July 2017 and received a total of 2,543,079 applications, 2,258,266 persons scaled through the BVN validation stage and were invited to proceed to an online assessment test. From 1 July 2017 to 31 August 2017, the online assessment test was conducted to select qualified applicants in four categories, N-Tax, N-Health, N-Agro and N-Teach. A total of 1,746,454 persons wrote the online test and 300,000 were selected based on their performances in the assessment test. They were physically verified from 4 December 2017 to 14 December 2017 in the 774 local government areas in Nigeria. On 1 August 2018, the Batch B beneficiaries started work in their various places of primary assignment.
On 26 June 2020, online enrollment for N-Power Batch C beneficiaries commenced and within 48 hours, more than 1 million applications were received on the online registration portal.One week after the online registration portal opened, three million applications were received. The Batch C has a new twist as it will only run for 12 months with two streams recruiting 500,000 per annum. The first stream reported to their place of primary assignment on September 4, 2020.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation Dr. Betta Chimaobim Edu has been reiterating that there will be next batch of Npower beneficiaries which will target one million beneficiaries every year under the renewed hope agenda of president Bola Ahmed Tinubu administration. But this will come after the payment of batch c stream 2 npower beneficiaries.
Also the National Coordinator, National Social Investments Programme Agency (NSIPA) Hajiya Halima Shehu has told news agencies in many interviews that preparation for the opening of new portal for Npower Batch D recruitment is ongoing and the portal will be ready by January, 2023.
Prospective Npower applicants should get ready as the NSIPA portal will be launch in January 2024 for Batch D Npower enrollment.
The portal for Npower batch D recruitment portal is https://nsipa.gov.ng/ which is under construction currently but will be live by January 2024.
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