Sadiya Umar Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, announced that 390,000 of the 500,000 applicants for the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) Nexit empowerment programme have been prequalified to receive various entrepreneurship skills beginning next month.
She made the claim yesterday during a virtual Chatham House Africa Program titled “Responding to Humanitarian and Food Crises in Nigeria,” in which she discussed Nigeria’s social development and humanitarian challenges, as well as the government’s responses to the country’s ongoing humanitarian and food crises.
Shortlisted candidates will receive skills and cash to start a business or help an existing business through the Nexit empowerment program, which is created for exited N-power beneficiaries.
Farouq also intimated that the remaining 109,000 hopefuls will receive entrepreneurial training at a later date. She further revealed that during the COVID -19 lockdown last year, all 36 states of the federation, including the FCT, received federal government involvement in the form of rice shipments to alleviate critical food shortages.
The minister also revealed that the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and the Department of State Service (DSS) are currently undergoing various processes and profiling to determine the true status of the over 300,000 Nigerian refugees displaced by insurgency and set to return from Cameroon, Niger, and Chad.
Nigeria is experiencing severe problems, according to Chatham House, as a result of expanding instability and deteriorating humanitarian and food crises afflicting the country’s northeast area.
She stated that the World Food Programme estimates that 3.4 million people in Borno, Yobe, and the Adamawa States are suffering from acute hunger, with another 4.3 million completely reliant on government or multinational food aid.
Meanwhile, Prof Umar Danbatta, the executive vice-chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), has challenged Nigerian women to equip themselves and take on roles and responsibilities in the country’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT), both in the government and private sectors.
He made the call during the inaugural Women Entrepreneurs & Executives in Tech Summit, with the theme Future Tech Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs, saying that women can only take on roles if they participate in ICT skill training and retraining.