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 FCT, Abuja - The federal government headed by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has stated that the redesigned N-Power scheme would create jobs for at least five million youths in the country.

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FG plans five million jobs for youths through the revamped N-Power programme

This was made known by the minister of humanitarian affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu, who was speaking on Channels Television's Sunday Politics.

According to the minister, the N-Power scheme is a component of the safety net program designed to prevent people from falling into poverty.

"We are working on five million Nigerian youth between the ages of 18 and 40 and this will be taken one million per year. On the GEEP program, we're working on 1.5 million Nigerians," she said.

Betta Edu reveals FG plans for new N-Power beneficiaries, youths

The minister made this assertion days after the FG suspended the scheme, a component of the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP), launched by former President Muhammadu Buhari on June 26, 2016, to combat youth unemployment and promote social development.

But in the redesigned programme, Dr. Edu stressed that the N-Power scheme would be on a first-come-first-serve basis.

She said the scheme and other social intervention programmes of the government are geared toward fighting poverty in the country.

Why poverty alleviation is not yielding results in Nigeria, ex-lawmaker reveals

Newsmen reported earlier that hours after the administration of President Tinubu suspended the N-power poverty alleviation scheme, reactions began to flood in.

An ex-lawmaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Robinson Uwak, joined the train of commentators who reacted to this development.

Hon Uwak said there is a need to treat poverty alleviation schemes as a developmental policy rather than a charity project.