Over one and a half years after exiting beneficiaries of batches A and B of the NPower Scheme of its National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) the federal government is yet to formally engage volunteers.
Recall that the government disengaged beneficiaries of the two batches who were engaged in 2016 and 2017 respectively, in May 2020.
Before the exit, the government, through its Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development which runs the scheme, had launched a portal for the 500,000 exited beneficiaries to apply for their nexit packages.
Plans were made for the transition of the Npower batch A and B through the creation of the NEXIT portal, which would allow those who choose to sign up to access other government empowerment opportunities.
According to NPower nexit strategy document, at least 200,000 former NPower beneficiaries will be onboarded on a scheme known as the Shared Agent Network Expansion Facility (SANEF) while at least 30, 000 others would be deployed for the Mass Agric programme, a component of the Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP), and others given opportunities to improve or start new businesses under a micro-enterprise initiative.
The SANEF scheme is a project powered by the Central Bank of Nigeria, Deposit Money Banks, Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement Systems, Chattered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, Licensed Mobile Money Operators, and Shared Agents with the primary objective of accelerating financial inclusion in Nigeria.
According to the plan, the project will among other things create a platform for Nigerian owned financial services companies to grow whilst empowering and creating jobs for Nigerians.
“SANEF in partnership with NSIP will onboard 200,000 N-Power graduates as SANEF agents under the approved SANEF licensed Super Agents while achieving NPower’s objective to improve the livelihood of a critical mass of young unemployed Nigerians,” the minister had explained.