A month to Batch A Exit: 10 Facts Starring at Volunteers
- Controversies over exit package for the Batch A volunteers
- Permanency not feasible
- No viable plan for the exit of the beneficiaries
- Law makers making Moves for Permanency, See https://myeduproject.com.ng/npower-permanency-movedrop-your-signature-as-bill-goes-next-reading
Words of UMAR SADIAY FAROUAQ so far over Batch A:
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.
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.
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
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
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
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