N-power in November: Ten (10) Crazy Facts Steering at Volunteers
N-power in November: 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 into MDAs”
The month of November might be heavily pregnant; it holds the fate of batch A and B in the Npower programme.
There are many promising things that will happen in the month of November. 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
Her correct 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
Let us Unlock All the Crazy facts that will Happen as October Draw close
Disengagement and Exit of Batch A and B
All the 500,000 beneficiaries selected in 2016 and 2017 under Batch A and B, has ceased to be volunteers, as their tenure 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
She always maintains her stands on exit of batch A and B beneficiaries into what is called “Transition”,
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 and B 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.”
“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”.
Volunteers Might be Transitioned in the Month of November
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 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 devasted 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 November
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
“The ministry said the current enrollees of the scheme (Batch A) will exit June 30, 2020 while (Batch B) will exit the programme on July 31, 2020.”
“This was contained in a statement in Abuja on Friday by the Deputy Director Information of the ministry, Rhoda Iliya”
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.
Payment of 5 months outsanding Stipends will be made in November
Sadiya said, 5 months stipend is already processed, in NTA One on One live broadcast, she hinted challenges of preventing re-occurrence of flagging of account during payment. Hence the delay
She said she has signed off payment of all owed stipends for both Batch A and B.
No longer in jurisdiction but at the office of the Accountant General.
Hopefully, before the month of Novemebr ends all beneficiaries should have their payment
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) Might Starts in November
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
In no distant time, further instructions will be made known as to the next stage of the recruitment exercise
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 November
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 November is Very Much Possible
Not fewer than 3,500 disengaged volunteers from the 36 states and the FCT have taken Abuja city by surprise for a SIT-IN IN ABUJA protest. A protest that will last till October 2020
The Protest is schedule to take place 26th of August 2020 at the national Secretariat Abuja
Volunteers have already sort police permission and injunction to press on with their demand
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 Protesting Volunteers took along, for themselves blankets, stoves, cooking Utensils, Buckets, and Media outlets