Graduates are working just to stay alive. See https://myeduproject.com.ng/npower-permanency-movedrop-your-signature-as-bill-goes-next-reading
The Pains of Npower Graduates who Earn Less than Corps Members: A graduate, Mike okobi, said he lost a N120, 000 monthly salary job in 2016 from a private company because he felt the npower programme would absorbed him after the two years contract
To make ends meet, he said he had to take the npower job job in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, in 2016, earning 30,000 naira less than N33, 000 per month for Corp members. See https://myeduproject.com.ng/npower-permanency-movedrop-your-signature-as-bill-goes-next-reading
He said, “Initially, I was not going to take up any job less than N100, 000. I thought to myself, ‘How could I lose a job of N120, 000 and then take up one less than N100, 000?’
“Could you imagine I once got a job of N50, 000 but I turned it down because I felt it was not up to government Job? But as time went on and no other job was forthcoming, I became desperate. I now work as a Nteach volunteer with a monthly pay of N30, 000. It’s ridiculous but I need to stay alive as I hope for better things to come.”
Zanaib Maikano, 27, in Jos State, said she had been earning N30, 000 per month working as an N-Health volunteer. See https://myeduproject.com.ng/npower-permanency-movedrop-your-signature-as-bill-goes-next-reading
She said, “The work is strenuous and the pay is not encouraging but where is the job? I once got employed by an insurance company and they branded me a marketing executive. I was happy as I just completed NYSC programme and I thought it was a great offer.
“I didn’t know the word ‘executive’ added no meaning to my title. I thought the pay was big and I would be chauffeur-driven like a real executive. We even did thanksgiving in my home when I was given the employment.
“But behold, when I resumed at the job, I was placed on commission. I and my colleagues walked several miles per day under the hot sun looking for clients. But I never got any. I quit after two or three months when life was taking its toll on me. Later, I got a job as an N-health Volunteer. But the pay is low.”
King Nwosu couldn’t get a job with his bachelor’s degree in physics, so he took up the Npower job in Abuja, earning N30,000 monthly.
“What have I got to do when I searched everywhere for a job but got none? I had to take up the N30, 000 job but I know this is not my final destination. I will keep searching for a better job and I know it will come,” he said.
A Call on Government to Permanent Volunteers
Some Npower volunteers left their lucrative and well paid private jobs just to be part of the Federal Government Npower Project of changing the lives of Nigerians
But recent happenings in the corridors of powers shows a different ballgame entirely, there are plans to disengage volunteers, the government have been dishing out disengagement news to “test the waters lately”
If these men and women returned to the street helpless, the problem of unemployment and crime will be disastrous
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) once disclosed that, unemployment has almost tripled within three years, from 12 per cent in 2015 to 30 per cent in 2018.
The Government should fund the programme, it should be recognized by law of the country with legal backings
Npower Graduates are crying and calling on the government to permanent them