Dr. Betta Edu, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, has announced plans to revamp the N-Power scheme to accommodate a larger number of beneficiaries and expedite the disbursement of stipends.
Edu revealed these intentions in a statement issued on Sunday by her Special Adviser for Media and Publicity, Mr. Rasheed Zubair, in Abuja.
The Minister acknowledged the challenges faced by N-Power beneficiaries, particularly concerning delays in receiving their stipends. She assured that these issues would soon be addressed through a restructuring of the program.
“We will change the modalities so that people will get their delayed stipends, include more people, and relaunch it with a renewed hope concept,” she said.
Edu also outlined the ministry’s long-term goal of establishing humanitarian hubs in all 774 local government areas across the country as part of its poverty eradication efforts.
These hubs are envisioned to stock locally produced goods, which will be sold at affordable rates to benefit the Nigerian populace.
Furthermore, the ministry plans to deploy its personnel to all local government areas to gather feedback and implement digital tracking for the distribution of palliatives.
The digital tracking system aims to ensure transparency by recording the timing, location, households, and individuals who receive relief materials.
“In my tenure, the ministry is committed to combating poverty through job creation, cash transfers to underprivileged Nigerians, collaboration with the Nutrition Department, supporting Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises, and providing stimulus packages to bolster businesses,” the statement read.
Dr. Betta Edu assured Nigerians of her dedication to addressing the nation’s humanitarian crisis through swift action.
“Rest assured that all existing empowerment programs under the National Investment Programme will be overhauled to reach a wider audience effectively,” she emphasized.
Edu also expressed confidence in President Bola Tinubu’s comprehensive economic interventions to fulfill both immediate and long-term needs, urging Nigerians to trust the process.