According to the Ministry of humanitarian Affairs, disaster management and social development, the current registration of the N-Power program has been extended by two weeks.
The online application process, which began on June 26, was due to end on Sunday, July 26, 2020, according to the Daily Trust.
But Rhoda Ishaku Iliya, a spokesperson for the ministry, said the registration was extended to avail every one of the opportunities to register.
According to her, the difficulties faced by some people in gaining access to the registration portal, which received a record number of applications more than 5 million, also required an extension of the closing date of registration.
In addition, Sadiya Farouq, the Minister for humanitarian Affairs, disaster management and social development, confirmed the extension of registration.
She said the decision was made to ensure that the application was truly inclusive. Farouq said that the portal will close at midnight on August 8, 2020.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Information and Culture has explained why over 14,000 beneficiaries of the N-Power scheme are yet to be paid by the federal government.
On its Twitter page on Thursday, July 23, the ministry said that it has not at any time failed to process, approve and remit necessary information for payments to the Office Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF).
The ministry also noted that it is the duty of the OAGF to credit the various accounts of the beneficiaries.
In another report, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday, July 22, in Abuja approved the establishment of a N75billion Nigerian Youth Investment Fund (NYIF) to support enterprise among Nigeria’s 68 million youth between 18 and 35.
This was stated by the Minister of youth Affairs and sports development, Sunday Dare, speaking to reporters at the State house at the end of the Council meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to Dare, the Fund is designed to help qualified candidates with genuine business ideas and can reach out to any of the 125 micro-credit banks across the country to get access to it.