SIR: Recall that the new Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Betta Chimaobim Edu assumed office at the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja a few days ago and raised hope for 136 million poor Nigerians.
She recently announced that the government will be disbursing the long-awaited stipends to C2 beneficiaries of the N-Power program. This decision has brought a sense of relief and renewed hope to thousands of individuals who have been eagerly awaiting their delayed payments.
The N-Power program, one of the federal government’s social intervention programs, was launched in 2016 with the aim of reducing unemployment and alleviating poverty among Nigerian youths. The program provides young graduates with the opportunity to gain skills and experience through various job placements and vocational training initiatives.
However, in recent months, there has been a growing concern among the C2 beneficiaries, who have not received their stipends for the past eight months. This delay has caused significant financial hardship for many participants who rely on the stipend to support themselves and their families.
Understanding the pressing need to address this issue, the minister, Betta Edu, has taken decisive action to ensure that these beneficiaries receive their payments as soon as possible. In a statement, Edu emphasized the government’s commitment to the welfare of Nigerian youths and acknowledged the adverse effects of the delay on their livelihoods.
The disbursement of the long overdue stipends is a testament to the government’s recognition of the importance of timely payments. The funds will go a long way in helping the beneficiaries meet their day-to-day needs, such as food, rent, utilities, and other essential expenses.
By fulfilling its financial obligations, the government is not only demonstrating its commitment to the beneficiaries but also signalling its commitment to the success of the N-Power program as a whole.
Moreover, this decision provides a glimmer of hope for those who have been disheartened by the delays and uncertainty surrounding their stipends. It renews their faith in the government’s promise to address their needs and concerns.
While the disbursement of the stipends is undoubtedly a positive development, there remains a need for continuous improvement in the N-Power program. It is crucial for the government to streamline the payment process and ensure that beneficiaries will not face similar delays in the future. By doing so, the government can instil a sense of reliability and trust in the program, encouraging more youth to participate and benefit from its opportunities.
Moving forward, it is crucial for the government to ensure that such delays are prevented in the future, and beneficiaries receive their stipends in a timely manner.