N-power: It’s A 2-year Contract, not a Permanent Job, be Warned-FG
N-power: It’s A 2-year Contract, not a Permanent Job, be Warned-FG: Thursday’s massive protest struck fear in the Hearts of Governance in Abuja, volunteers in their large numbers defy the covid-19 protocols to express their anger over the disengagement carried out by the Government
Npower volunteers are also demanding immediate payment of all outstanding and june’s stipends to volunteers
If the government wants to lay volunteers off, the sum of 600,000 should be given to all volunteers-volunteers
In respond to the protest, the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, in a statement by the Deputy Director of Press, Rhoda Iliya, noted that the protested forgot the terms and conditions of the programme they enrolled for.
There was nowhere in the form where the government had assured that the enrollees would be provided permanent jobs or given the grant upon completion of their engagements.
“In contact with other Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) such as CBN and NALDA, to see if the exited beneficiaries can key into their empowerment programmes.”
The statement read in full: “The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development observed on Thursday 23rd of July 2020, a rally at the National Assembly which later proceeded to the Federal Secretariat Complex.
“The protesters claimed to be representatives of the Federal Government’s N-Power beneficiaries that are about to be exited. “They requested the Federal Government to employ all the 500,000 beneficiaries as well as pay them a grant of N600, 000 each.
“The Ministry wishes to state that this demand was not part of the agreement of engagement they signed with the Federal Government, which clearly stipulated that they will be exited after 2 years.”
The government cannot afford the N300 billion they were asking for a grant.
“It is noteworthy to state that the FGN has expended hundreds of billions to N-POWER beneficiaries during the last 4 years and is liaising with the office of the Accountant General of the Federation, which is responsible for the payment of their stipends, to ensure that any outstanding legitimate claim is settled.
“The FG cannot afford to continue to pay the exited N-POWER beneficiaries’ stipends indefinitely, more so that the process of engagement of new beneficiaries has already begun. “The Ministry even though it is not a lending agency is in contact with other Ministry’s, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) such as CBN and NALDA, to see if the exited beneficiaries can key into their empowerment programmes.”