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We are finding it difficult to reach the poor - Buhari's aide

We are finding it difficult to reach the poor - Buhari's aide

- The Nigerian government has said it has challenges reaching poor people in Nigeria

- The special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on social protection plan Maryam Uwais said states are frustrating federal government's efforts on the N-Power Project

- Uwais said called on relevant civil society groups to make use of their powers to bring about the required change in the minds of leaders at the state and local levels

The special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on social protection plan Maryam Uwais has said that states are frustrating federal government's effort to reach out to the poor on the N-Power Project.

Uwais while speaking during an interactive programme with members of civil society organizations on Wednesday, May 10, said the federal government is facing challenges contacting poor people in Nigeria.

Recall that the Nigerian government launched the N-Power project to reduce unemployment in the country.

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The project which is focused on providing young graduates and non-graduates with skills and acquisition is also expected to advance many unemployed to employed, entrepreneurs and innovators.

We are finding it difficult to reach the poor - Buhari's aide

The special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on social protection plan Maryam Uwais said states are frustrating federal government's efforts on the N-Power Project

However, Uwais said the aimed of the project is defeated as top official of the states divert this project to individuals they have interest in.

“The challenge in reaching out to the poor people is one of the biggest challenge confronting the Federal Government, the people in the state have interest in the N-Power project," Uwais said.

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“Instead of submitting the names of the right people who need the empowerment to this project in their various states, they submitted only names of their people especially those they have interest on.

“When the Federal Government releases the money for the N-Power project, where the major problem always come from is the state,’"she added.

The presidential adviser further called on relevant civil society groups to make use of their powers to bring about the required change in the minds of leaders at the state and local levels.

Meanwhile some of the beneficiaries of the N-Power project protested non-payment of the five months allowance in Nasarawa state.

The protesters who carried placards and leaves, marched for over five kilometres to the Government House.

Watch this NAIJ.com video of Nigerians reacting to President Muhammadu Buhari's recent trip.

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