The House of Representatives Committee on Poverty Alleviation and Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN) says 400,000 youths have benefited from the NPower Programme.
Rep. Balarabe Salame, Chairman of the committee, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja, said that the success was recorded during his tenure as the committee’s chairman.
NAN reports that the NPower is a programme set up by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2016 to address the issues of youth unemployment as well as help increase social development.
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The lawmaker, representing Illela/Gwadabawa Constituency of Sokoto State, said the NPower and SMEDAN had effectively alleviated poverty in the country.
”There are so many committees, one can make millions from, but I asked for a committee that will touch the lives of the masses and I was given the Poverty Alleviation Committee.
“Before now, no accountability was made for funds the government allocates for poverty alleviation, but since I assumed as chairman of the committee, 400,000 youths were given NPower.
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Some of the Batch C of the Npower are currently waiting for physical verification while some are waiting for Stream 2 selection.