From Volunteers to Enhancement to Transition to Nexit-Hope Rekindled
From Volunteers to Enhancement to Transition to Nexit-Hope Rekindled: The President Buhari led government had promised to lift 100 million Nigeria from Strict poverty, hence massive investment in youth’s employment and empowerment became necessary
The Npower programme started with 200,000 persons, there after 300,000 volunteers were added making it 500,000 volunteers
During registration, a contractual agreement of two years were signed by volunteers before submission of application
At the expiration of the two-year agreement, volunteers of batch A started agitating for extension of the programme
As 2019 General Election drew near, the government decides to play a fast one on volunteers, so as to run for another four years without hitches or hurdles.
The 500,000 volunteers from the first and second batches were promised “the Next Level”, if only volunteers will massively elect the Buhari led government. See details of Mr Afolabi’s face book live chat regarding this
Mr. Afolabi, one of the clusters head of the programme, said volunteers should used their voters’ card to determine their future. By default, “vote for the present government if volunteers want the programme to continue with an assurance of permanency”. See Your Permanency Hinged on the Re-election of Buhari- Afolabi 2019 (video)
After the election, the ruling party (APC) was elected for another four years, suddenly the threat to exit batch A and B re-appeared. But was matched with much resistance
The Government continued to drag their feet with no visible plan to exit volunteers into meaningful ventures and economic opportunities, they came up with a delay tactic called Enhancement
Continue to attend your PPA while you earn your stipends “ENHANCEMENT”- The Government promised volunteers after much criticism from opposition parties. See Batch A & B Disengagement: Opposition Parties Mock Ruling Party
By the end of 2019, the executive headed by the president, saw the need to create a ministry, and the Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development ministry came onboard. Madam Umar Sadiya Farouq was appointed as head
Npower programme and other National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) were merged alongside Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management
After many months into the programme as minister, Umar Sadiya confessed of “still studying Npower file to know the real essence of the programme- A move frowns at by “Enhanced volunteers”.
A total of 40 months were spent by Batch A, yet no viable exit plans on ground.
Npower Payment platform started changing, FROM REMITA PAY TO PAY FGN (FEDR), NOW GIFMIS, this made stipends payment to be unstable.
The move to disengage batch A became the talk of most national dailies, the government had planned to send them away with a plan- A move that almost spark national outrage
Suddenly, Sadiya Umar via her Ministry, took the “Bull by the Horn” to disengage Enhanced volunteers. But met stiff resistance and names callings. She tactically used another phrase “Transitioning volunteers”.
In her words “We have commenced the transitioning of beneficiaries from Batches A and B into government entrepreneurship schemes and engaging private sector bodies to absorb some of the beneficiaries after the completion of psychometric assessment to determine competency and placement into various opportunities”
At this juncture, many volunteers’ hope was dashed to the ground, helpless and battered
Transitioning volunteers into a meaningful and sustainable ventures will strategically position the economy at an advantage, no volunteer will be laid-off- Sadiya Umar Disclosed on NTA
She told reporters of the Transition plan developed since November 2019, and that all beneficiaries would be engaged according to the Psychometric assessment results
The minister made it clear, we are only transiting volunteers into a meaningful and viable ventures, we will not throw volunteers to the street.
Beneficiaries will be transitioned into Government Entrepreneurship Schemes and other Viable Private Sectors to boast the economy
The minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Ms. Umar Sadiya Farouq, said Federal Government is gradually transitioning volunteers to the next level to make provision for others.
The goal is to keep volunteers Npowered while positioning Nigeria at the core of the post covid-19 digital economy.
Responding to a question asked on NTA, the Minister hinted Government plan to transition volunteers without laying them off.
“As part of the transition process before eligible volunteers will be absorbed into government entrepreneurship schemes and engaging private sector bodies to absorb some of the beneficiaries, a compulsory completion of psychometric assessment would be done to determine competency and placement into various opportunities – Hajiya Sadiya Farouq disclosed.
The Federal Government will be opening opportunities in the services and real sectors of the economy where all volunteers will be deployed.
Some key sectors for deployment include:
- Real Estate
- Information & Communication Technology (ICT)
- Creative industry
- Finance (agency banking)
- Agriculture & Agro processing
- Transport and Logistics
- Retail (e-commerce)
N-Exit Registration: Requirements and How to Apply for NEXIT Programmes
WebPortal (website) of Nexit registration has been released, all volunteers who are still enrolled but exited are required to login and complete a form in the site
Only enrolled volunteers disengaged lately are allowed to complete the online form, volunteers who were put “on hold” or “Abscond” in their NPVN portal can not and will not be able to login the Nexit portal
The Federal Government on Monday, 30th of November, 2020, through the office of the Umar Sadiya, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development formally introduced a plan for the exited Npower volunteers disengaged since June 2020
In a statement through the Special Adviser Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development over transition, Mrs Nneka Nkem, stated CBN intervention programmes that will keep volunteers at work into meaningful ventures
“A Portal that will enable Exited N-Power Beneficiaries to apply for Central Bank of Nigeria Empowerment Options has been launched by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development”
“The platform which was developed in collaboration with the CBN will enable Exited N-Power Beneficiaries to log on and apply for the various Economic, Empowerment and Entrepreneurship options provided by the CBN”
“The NEXIT portal is to determine the suitability of the beneficiaries for the CBN affiliated programs and is dependent on meeting the criteria and conditions set by the CBN for the said programs”
“The Minister also emphasized that the NEXIT PORTAL will determine the suitability of the beneficiaries for the CBN affiliated programs”
You must be An Npower Exited Volunteer
You must enrolled in your NPVN statue
Volunteers’ “onhold or Abscond” can not register
How to Apply for NEXIT Programmes:
Login to Nexit Portal www.nexit.fmhds.cbn.gov.ng
Create an Account by Signing in with User Name
User Name can be Email or phone Number
Enter your Email and Password
Click on NEXIT Portal
Fill in your correct details Click on Submit.