Npower: The Causes of the Delay in the Deployment of Batch C Stream 2

We shall clarify the National Social Investment Management System’s (NASIMS) statement regarding the deployment of the Batch C Stream 2 Npower beneficiaries in the Npower Batch C Stream 2 Deployment Update Today, August 12, 2022.

The State Focal Person is responsible for your PPA placement, which is done manually, after which deployment will begin, according to NASIMS, which responded to the questions of the Batch C Stream 2 Npower beneficiaries on Thursday.

The Batch C Stream 2 Npower beneficiaries have two queries that need to be answered since the announcement:

  1. What are the qualifications and duties of a state focal person?
  2. Why is the Npower Batch C Stream 2 PPA Placement now under the control of the Focal Person?

Let’s start by defining the term “focal person” and outlining the duties of this individual before we analyse these questions.

An individual in a State who has been designated by the Governor to oversee the implementation of the National Social Investment Programme in a State is known as a focal person. They are typically high-profile civil servants.

The NSIP administration has established rules for the appointment of State Focal Persons that ensure their competence and trustworthiness.

The primary point of contact and eye for the Abuja Central NSIP Office in any State is the focal person.

In the deployment of the Batch C Stream 1 Npower beneficiaries, the Npower Management in Abuja Central Office placed the Batch C Stream 1 Npower beneficiaries.

However, it was mandated that the State Focal Persons give a compilation list of Places of Primary Assignment (PPAs) where Npower beneficiaries are typically or anticipated to be posted in any State.

Prior to that, particularly in 2016 when the Npower programme began with Batch A and later Batch B, the State Ministries of Education, Health, and Agriculture were responsible for placing Npower beneficiaries.

The State Focal Person, who also monitored the settlement of deployment-related difficulties, redeployment of the Npower beneficiaries, and submission of deployment data to the Abuja Central NSIP Office, directed these Ministries to carry out the placement of Batch A and B.

Then, there was a perfect synergy in data administration and coordination between the Abuja Central Office and every State NSIP Office.

There is a purpose behind why the deployment of the Batch C Stream 2 Npower beneficiaries uses the same “manual” but digital approach as in the 2016 Batch A and 2017 Batch B.

It’s easy to understand why. You see, handling a sizable data pull, particularly the first time, does create challenges that, if not carefully managed, could threaten already-fed or existing data in the System.

The data of the Batch C Stream 1 Npower recipients is still available on the NASIMS Portal at at this time. The current data on the NASIMS Portal will be in disarray if the Npower Batch C Stream 2 Deployment data, which shares strings with the Npower Batch C Stream 1 Npower recipients’ data, is generated electronically.

This will lead to a backlog of complaints that will take a long time to address.

Early this month, an attempt was made to generate deployment data electronically, but the completion was detected and deliberate action was taken to avoid it.

Some Npower beneficiaries witnessed their Deployment at that time, however complications occurred and numerous complaints followed. The Npower management labelled the deployment as an error to ease the strain it caused.

The Batch C Stream 2 Npower beneficiaries will be placed using a manual but digital approach, comparable to the transmission of physical verification data, in order to entirely avoid this perceived complexity.

By using the aforementioned State Ministries, each State will assign the Batch C Stream 2 Npower beneficiaries to the PPAs where Npower beneficiaries are already located.

Npower beneficiaries from Batch C should be aware that everyone will be deployed, hence they must exercise patience. Batch C stream 2 are urged to have patience as the ministry is working hard for their deployment and payments.


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