500000 Npower Volunteers protesting in Abuja pertaining to the Disengagement Plan Word reaching us from our representatives, seems the Npower Nationwide batch A and B, have lost so much patience as they, the 500,000 Beneficiaries of the Federal Government Npower empowerment programme plan to go on a Nationwide protest on Thursday 9th July. The volunteers, as we have gathered, plan to storm the city of Abuja to protest against their sudden disengagement from the N-power program amidst Coronavirus pandemic without a detailed exit plan or package.
President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated the Npower program which led administrative recordings of a sum of 500,000 beneficiaries who have been manning the unmanned classrooms, Health Centers and Agricultural Extention units across the 774 LGAs of the country on a monthly stipend of N30,000, and are being trained as part of the large workforce for both the public and the private sectors.
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The aim of the N-power program was to see that the beneficiaries would, through the program be linked to available jobs in both Government and Private Sectors, and some to Entrepreneurship and businesses with supports from the Government to further in their future endeavors after their bi-yearly programs as the Government promised not to send them back to the streets to suffer and be unemployed.
Meanwhile, the minister of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs also in charge of the Npower programme has given her goodbye message to the Npower batch A and B volunteers ahead of their disengagement into a said government entrepreneurship scheme and have stated moreso that volunteers concerned will be contacted individually regarding the transition they would be undergoing soon.
The sudden disengagement by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development of Npower Volunteers without a laid down exit plan or exit package, the reason they have spent years in the program as the Federal Government had promised not to terminate their engagement without a concrete exit plan so as to reduce youth unemployment and support the plan of our dear President in lifting 1 million Nigerians out of poverty.
During the campaigns for the 2019 General election, Npower beneficiaries received a promise from the Federal Government that their Permanent voters card [PVCs], were their tickets to permanent employment after their programmes, demanding that they re-elect President Mohammadu Buhari to gain full sustainability of their program and perfection of the purpose of the program.
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Part of the needed a-do and among the agitation of the trained N-power Volunteers, is for the Federal Government to secure for them, permanent employment as citizens of their country or provide them with substantial exit packages as they can not go back hungry to their wives and children especially now that COVID-19 has dealt with many economies of the world, job market saturated and opportunities too narrowed.
These substantial exit packages could go a long way in helping such beneficiaries, start up a business or two and help alleviate poverty, as the Npower program was intended to do.For this reason, is why they are said to want to embark on a protest on Thursday 9th July, 2020.
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