FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S 4 SOCIAL INVESTMENT PROGRAMS & THEIR IMPACT ~ INN Nigeria

The Nigeria Social Investment is the largest Social Investment Programme in Africa. Overseen by Federal Ministry Of Humanitarian Affairs, under the leadership of Sadiya Umar Farouq, it comprises 4 programs: N-Power, National Home-Grown School Feeding Program, Government Enterprise & Empowernment Program & Household Uplifting Program.

N-Power kicked off in 2016, and has between then and 2020 enrolled and supported 500,000 young Nigerians with monthly stipends, in exchange for work placements in education, agriculture and healthcare.

N-Power has also made available digital skills training under its N-Tech and N-Creative components. More than 100,000 beneficiaries of the N-Power Programme invested their stipends in setting up businesses, and are now business owners.

The first two batches of N-Power enrolees (Batches A and B) have now come to the end of the programme. Enrolment for the new batch (Batch C) closed in August 2020; more than 5 million young Nigerians applied for the 400,000 spaces available in Batch C.

Since inception, The Government Enterprise & Empowernment Program has provided loans to more than 2 million Nigerians – traders, artisans, farmers, unemployed youth, etc. During the Covid-19 pandemic alone, GEEP has provided relief (palliative micro-loans) to tens of thousands of petty traders.

GEEP is 100% digitised; all eligible beneficiaries are captured into an electronic database, including their mobile phone numbers, and supported by facial recognition technology, and disbursements are done into mobile wallets.

GEEP‘s loan processes (Enumeration, Verification, Disbursement and Repayment) are all carried out using technology solution wholly designed and developed by Nigerian technology start-ups.

As at July 31, 2020, the Conditional Cash Transfer programme (Household Uplifting Program) was in 39,901 communities in 429 LGAs of 34 States and the FCT, with 1.289 million benefiting households, comprising a total of 6.443 million persons.

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