President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday approved the increase in the number of N-Power beneficiaries from 500,000 to one million.
The president, who disclosed this on his Twitter handle, also reaffirmed his plans to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.
He wrote: “We remain committed to the plan to lift 100m Nigerians out of poverty.
“To this end I have approved an increase in scope of our Social Investment Programme: Doubling of @npower_ng beneficiaries to 1 million; 1 million new @geep_ng beneficiaries & 5 million new pupils for @NHGSFP.”
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, had on November 30 hinted that the number of N-Power beneficiaries would be doubled.
President Buhari inaugurated the N-Power programme on June 8, 2016, with 500,000 direct beneficiaries.
The programme was conceived by the government in a bid to address youth unemployment and increase social development in the country.
The government planned to spend N400 billion on N-POWER, TRADERMONI and other SIPs in 2021.
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