President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that beneficiaries of the National Social Investment Programmes be increased as part of efforts to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq disclosed this on Monday during a ministerial media briefing to give account of her ministry in the last one year in Abuja.
According to her the President specifically ordered the humanitarian ministry to increase the number of N-Power beneficiaries from 500,000 to 1,000,000.
President Buhari further directed an increase in the number of beneficiaries of the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP) by 1,000,000 as well as those under the Home-Grown School Feeding by 5,000,000.
She said: “In a bid to realise Mr. President’s commitment to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years, the ministry places significant emphasis on youth empowerment by strategically ascertaining youth engagement as a foundational objective in implementing the following strategies: double the scope of the National Social Investment Programmes.
“Mr. President has graciously approved the expansion of all NSIP programmes. Such as increase of N-Power beneficiaries from 500,000 to 1,000,000, increase GEEP beneficiaries by 1,000,000 and increase of beneficiaries of Home-Grown School Feeding by 5,000,000.”