Is less than five days to the N-Power protest, organized by the 36 States and FCT N-Power Representatives Forum.
Eye9ja Had earlier reported that the forum had on March 16 in a statement signed by Kabiru Aliyu Pelemi, it’s National President, vowed to mobilise 500, 000 Nigerian youths to occupy the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development of Nigeria. The ministry is saddled with National Social Investment Programmes (NSIPs), which the N-Power scheme is part of.
N-Power Unpaid Stipends: 5 Days To Earthshaking Protest
Five months after the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development asked Batches A and B beneficiaries who are owed multiple months stipends to see their State Focal Person, Sadiya Farouq, who heads the ministry has continued to ignore their cries.
More than 14,000 bonafide N-Power Batches A and B beneficiaries, who were disengaged from the scheme since July 2020 have not been paid their entitled stipends (many of them owed March to July, and Wema Bank users didn’t get paid for June 2020). This, despite the revalidation exercise that happened in October 2020 across major Nigerian states.
Also, since releasing the NEXIT Portal on November 30 2020 – four months after exiting N-Power Batches A and B beneficiaries, the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development of Nigeria which is saddled with N-Power duties have not affected the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Empowerment Programme.
This is despite the fact that hundreds of ex-N-Power beneficiaries have logged on to the NEXIT portal and provided the required additional information for possible placements into the various CBN intervention options.
Pelemi had said that N-Power Batches A and B beneficiaries who were exited from the famed scheme in July 2020 are tired of Minister Sadiya Farouq and her ministry’s delay tactics.
The ultimatum was given ends on Monday, 12th April 2021.
“You excited us with no meaningful plan during a pandemic period. Nexit program is another delay tactics and a big scam to us because over 200,000 Volunteers could not complete their registration and no meaningful plans yet on the portal.
“36 States and FCT N-Power Representatives Forum give you from today Tuesday,16th March 2021 to Monday, 12th April 2021 to fulfil all the promises you made to the Exited N-Power Volunteers or we mobilize 500,000 Nigeria youths to occupy the ministry.
“This time around, it will be no going back.
“Enough is enough,” the statement by the 36 States and FCT N-Power Representatives Forum had read.
Established in 2016, the N-Power scheme is one of the national social investment programmes of the federal government targeted at unemployed graduates who are engaged by the government and paid an N30,000 monthly stipend.