Government Resolves NPower Backlogs Payment and Unveils Ambitious RHJCP Program
The Nigerian federal government has recently taken a significant step in addressing the longstanding issue of unpaid stipends to N-Power beneficiaries. Akindele Egbuwalo, the national program manager of N-Power, announced on October 29, 2023, a comprehensive strategy to initiate payments starting in November. These payments will tackle the nine-month backlog in stipends owed to N-Power beneficiaries.
In this article, we will delve into this recent development, the government’s efforts to address payment backlogs, and the transformative renewal of the N-Power program as the Renewed Hope Job Creation Programme (RHJCP). With the introduction of the RHJCP program, the government is not only focusing on resolving financial difficulties but also promoting economic empowerment for the nation’s youth.
1. Addressing Payment Backlogs: A Long-Awaited Relief
The issue of unpaid stipends had been a pressing concern for N-Power beneficiaries. However, the government’s commitment to resolving this problem was reaffirmed when Akindele Egbuwalo announced the initiation of payments to clear the long-standing backlog. Starting in November, beneficiaries will begin receiving their stipends, which have been outstanding for nine months.
This is a substantial relief for N-Power beneficiaries who have been eagerly awaiting these overdue payments.
2. Transition to RHJCP: Renewing Hope for Nigerian Youth
Under the leadership of Dr. Betta Edu, the Honourable Minister, the N-Power program has undergone a significant transformation and is now known as the Renewed Hope Job Creation Programme (RHJCP). This renewal signals the government’s commitment to providing opportunities for the nation’s youth and promoting economic stability.
The RHJCP program is an ambitious one, with the goal of targeting 5 million beneficiaries over the span of five years. This initiative aims to absorb 1 million youths each year, both graduates and non-graduates, across various program streams.
3. Addressing Beneficiary Concerns and Gaining Support
Initially, concerns and uncertainties among N-Power beneficiaries had led to discussions of a potential nationwide protest due to a lack of information. However, during a meeting with N-Power beneficiaries in Abuja, Akindele Egbuwalo’s transparent explanations and assurances have alleviated these concerns. Beneficiaries have expressed their support and happiness regarding the government’s renewed hope agenda. They understand the significance of the RHJCP program in providing them with opportunities and financial stability.
4. The Road Ahead: A Positive Step towards Empowerment
This recent development highlights the government’s dedication to resolving the financial difficulties faced by N-Power beneficiaries. With the promise of regular payments and an ambitious expansion plan in the form of the RHJCP program, the government is taking a significant step toward empowering Nigeria’s youth and promoting economic stability.
The resolution of payment backlogs for N-Power beneficiaries and the introduction of the Renewed Hope Job Creation Programme are momentous steps in Nigeria’s journey towards supporting its youth. The government’s commitment to providing financial relief and economic empowerment is commendable. With the promise of regular payments and the ambitious goal of absorbing millions of youths into the workforce, the RHJCP program represents a positive step in the right direction. As the government continues to implement these transformative changes, Nigeria’s youth can look forward to a brighter and more hopeful future.