The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, has advised youths to apply for the Federal Government’s National Social Investment Programme (N-SIP) which will be reopened on June 17.

The programme has so far empowered over 1.6 million Nigerians through its four components: N-Power, National Home Grown School Feeding Programme, Conditional Cash Transfer, and Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme.

She said that the Ag. President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, had directed that the online portal should be reopened on June 17 to give Nigerian youths the opportunity to apply for the next batch. Ahmed, however, advised youths to also take advantage of the opportunity to empower themselves.

“There is opportunity in the N-Power Programme for employment.

“Please, this is real, it is working, join the process and be a beneficiary,’’ she said.

The minister claimed that the process was delayed initially due to an effort to eliminate fraudulent applicants and to make the process transparent. She said that programme had not been able to attain its set target because of the delay in starting its actual implementation.

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