She gave the update at an event in commemoration of the ministry’s first year anniversary in Abuja.
Farouq declared that as at the last record, 109, 823 beneficiaries from Batch A and B have established businesses in their communities.
“We have successfully exited the 500,000 Batch A and B beneficiaries and closed registration for Batch C with a total of 5,042,001 registrations received.”
The minister ascertained that applicants to be chosen would be only the eligible ones.
“As we move to the selection stage, the Ministry will ensure due diligence will be applied to ensure that only duly qualified applicants are enrolled,” Farouq said.
She announced that work was ongoing to guarantee the establishment of National Disability Commission and the take-off of the National Senior Citizens Centre.