FG talks about Disengaging Npower Volunteers and tasks Volunteers to get Job Up to 500,000 personnel engaged in Npower Nigeria’s social investment programme will have to fend for themselves or look elsewhere for jobs so that they can feed and take care of their bills as npower which is one of their means of livelihood is set to be terminated by the Federal Government, the Government talked about ending the contract between npower Beneficiaries.
Spokesperson for the humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development ministry Rhoda Iliya, said in a statement has contributed to “the administration’s vision of lifting 100 million people out of poverty by creating opportunities to enhance the productivity of the Nigerian youth.”
The programme has enrolled 500,000 beneficiaries thus far – 200,000 from Batch A which started in September 2016 and 300,000 from Batch B which kicked off in August 2018.
The beneficiaries were supposed to spend 24 months on the programme but Batch A beneficiaries have spent over 40 months. “Both Batches will soon be terminated according to the (press) release for the reasons given in the (press) release,” Salisu Na’inna Danbatta, the special adviser on media to the minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development minister Sadiya Farouq told The Guardian on Monday.
The statements were signed by Iliya. Iliya said in one of the statements that the current beneficiaries have overstayed in the programme “thereby denying other Nigerians an opportunity to access the programme and gain skills for entrepreneurship and employment.”
Npower Beneficiaries have complained About late payment and some other issues
NPower beneficiaries have not been pleased with the administration of the programme since the management of the programme was transferred to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development in 2019.
They said all was well with the programme initially and that the former managers of the programme have started putting in place an exit strategy for them.
However, about 24-months after Npower’s launch, the sweet stories soon became sour to tell for these beneficiaries after Buhari announced major shifts in the Social Investment Programmes (SIPs) which NPower is part of.
The beneficiaries through a group named the 36-states N-power Representative Forum in a letter to in an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on May 22, said the minister has “inflicted enough pain” on them since the programme was transferred to her ministry.
They advised Buhari to remove Farouq as a minister and replace her with someone else that is “more competent, proactive and youth-friendly.”
“She is just not competent,” the forum president Kabiru Pelemi told our correspondent on phone. “She should be removed.”
In an April 13 letter addressed to Senate President Ahmed Lawan, Pelemi claimed the minister did not have “administrative control over the runnings of the NPower Programme.”
“The two batches of the graduate category have experienced frequent late payment of monthly stipend compared to when the programme was under the Vice President’s Office.”
When contacted about the allegations, Danbatta simply said, “They can remove her.”