N-power in December: Ten (10) Crazy Facts Steering at Volunteers
N-power in December: Ten (10) Crazy Facts Steering at Volunteers : In few days to come, the honorable minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Madam Umar Sadiya Farouq, will clear the air over batch A and B’s exit into what is now called” Transition”
The month of December is heavily pregnant; it holds the fate of batch A and B in the Npower programme and the incoming batch C
There are many promising things that will happen in the month of December. Madam Umar Sadiya disclosed plans by her ministry to Transitioned the entire programme for better efficiency.
This transitioning includes transiting both Batch A and B into Government entrepreneurship and viable private sectors’ platforms to empower disengaged volunteers
In a Live broadcast, the minister said, both batch A and B will be exited to pave way for 400,000 new volunteers into the programme
In her precise words “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”
She also disclosed, commencing the transitioning of beneficiaries of Batch 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
Disengagement/Exit of Batch A and B
All the 500,000 beneficiaries selected in 2016 and 2017 under Batch A and B, have ceased to be volunteers, their tenures have finally ended
The 500,000 disengaged beneficiaries were supposed to spend 24 months, 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 empowerment
It means, volunteers will no longer go their various PPAs as before
Volunteers will be transitioned in the Month of December
Transitioning volunteers into a meaningful and sustainable venture will strategically position the economy at an advantage; no volunteer will be laid-off- Sadiya Umar Disclosed this on NTA
She told reporters of the Transition plans developed since November 2019, and that all beneficiaries would be fully 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 devastated by covid-19 “
According to Umar Sadiya Farouq, the 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)
Psychometric Test Might Be Conducted in December
As part of the transition process before eligible volunteers will be absorbed into government entrepreneurship schemes and private sector bodies
A compulsory completion of psychometric assessment will be done to determine competency and placement into various opportunities- Umar Sadiya Farouq
Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, said “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.
Five Months Owed Backlogs will be paid in December
Umar Farouq has briefed volunteers owed 5 months backlog, this disclosure were made on her verified Twitter handle on Tuesday.
See Full Details and Precise Words of Umar Sadiya Farouq
“I consider it necessary to give status update regarding the outstanding arrears of stipend to the 14,200 N-power cohorts from Batch A and B,” the minister said.
“From the outset, the N-Power programme was designed to run for 24 months
“Out of the 500,000 combined beneficiaries from Batch A and B only 14,200 have 5 months outstanding stipend arrears.
“The delay in the payment of the arrears arose due to platform migration from NIBSS to GIFMIS by the Office of Accountant General of the Federation in March 2020.
“From the consolidated list of beneficiaries we received from the OAGF in September, the 14,200 beneficiaries with arrears of stipend were flagged for receiving monthly payment from other MDAs, particularly from the NYSC.
“It is possible that the 14,200 beneficiaries used their NYSC allowance bank accounts for N-Power and GIFMIS payment platform picked them for double payment.
“We have initiated State verification process with State N-Power Focal Officers.
“The 14,200 affected beneficiaries will present their NYSC certificates for final verification after which we will present an updated list to OAGF to pay off their 5 months arrears.
“All legitimate claims and those on verified list will be paid before the end of the year”.
She said she has signed off payment of both Batch A and B. No longer in jurisdiction but at the office of the Accountant General
Because of the change in payment Platform, it was discovered that some names also appear in other government payment vouchers.
Hopefully, before month ends all beneficiaries should have their payment but no longer at her office.
They are in talks with MDAs, State government and Private sectors for absorption.
For Batch C, 5.1 million applied
Screening to commence soon as only those qualified will be engaged. And they must be ready to sign for the stipulated time frame of the program
Onboarding of New Entrant (400,000 new volunteers) Will Commence December
The Batch C Npower Applicants will soon be on boarded in no distance time; the final list of applicants who are successful will be release in a few weeks’ time
The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development has concludes all necessary arrangement to onboard Batch C applicant into the Npower Programme
A final Analyses is in check to ensure Federal Character is followed across the 36 states and FCT, the 300,000 prospective volunteers will come from all the states, as Federal Character is strictly adhered to
Last Week, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed said
“the Npower Initiative of the Federal Government is the largest Social Development programmes in Africa, and it had empowered over 500,000 volunteers with 400,000 (Batch C) coming in by December, 2020
Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister of Information said, the Batch C prospective volunteers will be onboarded in the month of December 2020
N-power Batch C registration ended second week of August; the N-power official Facebook Handle confirmed this
More than five Million Applications were received and confirmed
Only 400,000 applicants will make it through to the on-boarding process, a rigid procedure is already in place to screened out applications
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq is pleased to conduct a Free, Fair and Credible recruitment
Onboarding of the Batch C successful applicants might happen in the month of November as procedures are already in place to shortlist and commence batch C
No Hope for Device Selection and Pickup in December
The much-promised devices, might not come at all, any hope on devices is a “wishful thinking”
All beneficiaries should take to Mrs. sadiya’s twitter page and sing tirelessly of the much-promised devices
Massive Protests against Disengagement in December is Very Much Possible
Volunteers of the Npower programme were recently disengaged by the government, a move not palatable for a country like Nigeria, with more than 60 million jobless young persons
Disengaged Volunteers will be contesting and questioning the disengagement plan carried out by the Umar Sadiya Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development
This is not the first protest, two massive protests were already carried out, but the government claimed they have no money to settle volunteers, citing poor economy and the global pandemic as reasons
The “SIT-IN IN ABUJA” protest will be a long and precise one, not until the president addresses the situation himself, disengaged volunteers will not step an inch out of the Federal Capital territory