The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, has said that the beneficiaries of the N-Power Initiative need not panic, as the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government is considering plans for their exit.
Farouq said this in Abuja, when she visited the corporate Headquarters of Media Trust Limited, the Publishers of Daily Trust.
“I do not know the fears of the beneficiaries, but I know that government had this N-power programme, and it was supposed to be a two-year programme. Those in 2016, were supposed to have exited in 2018, but because there was no plan in place, the tenure was extended. So, they know from the outset that it is not a programme that will be there for life.
“For us as a Ministry, we are looking at all options for the planned exit. We are not just going to exit them to their fate, we have options, and we are deploring these options, so that they can have something to fall back on.
“The year has just started, and we hope that before the end of the year, we should come up with an exit plan”, she said.
She stated further that the Home-Grown School Feeding programme had been successful, as almost all the States have keyed into it.
She said that the Ministry is working towards the early recovery of the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in the North-East, but would not return them to their communities, until those communities are certified safe.
She stated that her Ministry looks forward to a mutually beneficial partnership with Media Trust, to deliver durable solutions to Nigerians.