A month to Batch A Exit: 10 Facts Starring at Volunteers

Words of UMAR SADIAY FAROUAQ so far over Batch A:

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A month to Batch A Exit: 10 Facts Starring at Volunteers: Mrs. Farouq disclosed plans by the ministry to streamline the entire programme for better efficiency as soon as it pays May stipend.

“The beneficiaries were supposed to spend 24 months on the programme but Batch A beneficiaries have spent over 40 months thereby denying other Nigerians an opportunity to access the programme and gain skills for entrepreneurship and employment,” Mrs Farouq said. See https://myeduproject.com.ng/npower-permanency-movedrop-your-signature-as-bill-goes-next-reading

About 200,000 young beneficiaries selected in 2016, under Batch A, were to have been dropped out of the scheme after two years of internship

There had been controversies between Ms Farouq and President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Adviser on Social Investment, Maryam Uwais, about the exit package for the Batch A volunteers as each traded blame on who was responsible for the delay in disengaging the beneficiaries.

“The minister had blamed the National Social Investment Office (NSIO), under Mrs Uwais for having no viable plan for the exit of the beneficiaries.”. See https://myeduproject.com.ng/npower-permanency-in-jeopardy-8-realities-volunteers-must-know

“In reaction, Mrs Uwais said her administrators had made ‘exit plans’ which had not been implemented before the office was moved under the leadership of Ms Farouq. She also said she had briefed Mrs Farouq on those plans”.

“We are working hard to streamline the programme for greater efficiency and to provide opportunities for more Nigerian youths. Details will be provided as soon as May stipend has been paid.

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The N-Power Programme was inaugurated by President Buhari in 2016 to reduce poverty, unemployment and social insecurity among Nigerians.

It involves the deployment of thousands of unemployed graduates to schools and other institutions to work there while the government pays them a stipend of N30,000 monthly.

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Apparently, the minister did not say or give full information on the proposed exit of Batch A volunteers, making volunteers scared and left in the dark

The recent happenings in stipends delay with countless numbers of lies and insincerity from the honorable minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar, has put a negative energy in the hope of Batch A volunteers

It won’t amaze any sensible mind of the plan to exit volunteers into the street or with A GEEP loan that won’t come easy for volunteers

The covi-19 pandemic might have wreaked havoc in the 2020 financial spending plans of the Federal Government, the dwindling revenue and low price of oil in the market have crippled what is left in the Federal Government coffer

Sources have disclosed that, the Federal Government is Struggling to Pay volunteers stipends

Money used to pay stipends came from unplanned source, making it hard for government to sustain spending on the programme, hence the delay of stipends

The exit of Batch A into permanency next month might not be realistic, going by the recent happening of things both from the side of the Federal Government and the Massive corruption under the National Social Investment Programme headed Sadiya Umar

Lately some group asked the Minister to resign and vacate her office on an account of mismanagement of funds, but was decried by the minister

Will Batch A be Exited into Permanency come JUNE?

This is a “one-million-dollar question” with rhetorical answers. The move for permanency has been on for now, the Senate and Reps are still talking about it slowly without much interest.

There are many senators and House of Reps members that are in full support of the Npower programme going permanent

Law makers

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However, relying on the lawmakers to move on permanency, is liken to be the story of the “Israelites leaving Egypt”, it will take time, batch A would have been ascertain a permanent appointment with the Federal Government, if it had the backings of the Law makers since 2016  

Npower Volunteers Not Collaborating with Stakeholders

Npower Volunteers are not grounded with powerful and influential men to lobby and lure law makers to move on permanency, beneficiaries of the programme careless more of the stipends more than its future

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps become a realty via stakeholders who lured and lobby the law makers and the executive, if same method was done to Npower, volunteers would have gotten their employment latter long ago

Umar Sadiya Farouq Cannot Deliver Permanency

With all the dramas happening, it is crystal clear the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, is not interested in the plight of volunteers’ welfare and stipends

With close to three months of unpaid stipends, why would she care to permanent volunteers and pay them permanently?

Hoping on Umar Sadiya on project permanency is liken to the proverbial snake, in a green grass, whose countenance is greatly feared by even powerful and stronger animals in the forest

Volunteers Might Be Given GEEP Loan as Exit Package

If this turns out to be so, it will not be easy to come by with, as GEEP loan are not meant for redundant and unexperienced entrepreneurs

A look at those on GEEP loan will tell you the experience and trauma that comes with it, not only will be loans be guided by stringent conditions but may drain the youths who are not ready for business

FG is Hiding Something: No Visible plans for Volunteers

After years of planning exit package with states and stakeholders, no single plan has surfaced, not a sign to see the government preparedness and willingness

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The FG is struggling with this, but little did volunteers notice it, it will take a miracle for a massive plan within a short time to accommodate 200,000 into productive ventures

15 COMMENTS

  1. We sincerely yean 4 permanency, it wouldn’t b easy out there 4 2016 batch even with Geep. We pray dat God touches d heart of our leaders

  2. permanency is the only way for the PMB APC led govt to have a resounding achievement because NPOWER has been one of the major success and most especially 2016 batchA believed and Loyal to APC and PMB govt when majority were doubting,so to exit the batch A back to street without been taken good care of might also be the end of of APC in 2023 general election

  3. Any exit without a feasible plan is no plan at all …We federal government and the entire volunteers must have arrived at a reseanable exit plan before the final exit …Anything asides that on the part of the the federal government is effectiveness with no EFFICIENCY..and on the part of the the volunteers nothing but frustration and fruitile effort to the federal government throughout their stay …If this government really meant her plans of overhauling , restructuring,improving and streamlining the Npower the best they could achieved is permanency or possibly a very REMARKABLE exit package..
    Thanks

  4. Any exit without a feasible plan is no plan at all …the federal government and the entire volunteers must have arrived at a reseonable exit plan before the final exit …Anything asides that on the part of the the federal government is effectiveness with no EFFICIENCY..and on the part of the the volunteers nothing but frustration and fruitile effort to the federal government throughout their stay …If this government really meant her plans of overhauling , restructuring,improving and streamlining the Npower the best they could achieved is permanency or possibly a very REMARKABLE exit package..
    Thanks

  5. Exit to permanent not Geep loan ,please use with the advice of maryam uwais she is kind and sympathize woman may almighty Allah bless her 100 times

    • I know sadiya umar farouk have a good ambition to the npower beneficiaries do to the problem of technical issues could delaying the money of beneficiaries but is not her problem

  6. We know the FG are doing the I best to meet the yearns of all the beneficiaries,but I’m sure they forgot about about 7ooo batch A beneficiaries who’s backlogs for about 3-11 months were not paid,I don’t know the FGS plans in that regaed

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