No official exit date has been announced for the 2016 batch of N-Power beneficiaries, the Communications Manager of the National Social Investment Office (NSIO) Justice Bibiye has said in a statement.
He urged the beneficiaries and the general public to disregard any report about the disengagement of the 2016 batch.
Bibiye stated that the Buhari-led government is liaising with state governments and the private sector to provide permanent engagement for the N-Power beneficiaries.
Recall the Cross River State government a few days ago announced that it had employed more than 70 beneficiaries of the N-Power programme under the N-Teach into its State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).
His latest statement contradicted what the SSA to President Muhammadu Buhari said about the disengagement of the 2016 batch.
Similarly, another presidential aide on NSIP Barrister Ahmed said by December 2019, the 2016 batch would be disengaged as they couldn’t depend on N30, 000 monthly stipends for the rest of their lives.
The two NSIP officials also stated categorically that the first batch were not in the 2020 budget.
But in what seemed like a contradiction, Bibiye was quoted as saying, there was no official day to exit them.
The only similar thing about what the official said is, “The Federal Government is already in talks with state governments and the private sector to solicit support for permanent engagement of the N-Power beneficiaries, who by virtue of their exposure to the work environment in the last two years have now garnered the needed experience to effectively operate in the industry.’’
He said, “She also met with the Conditional Cash Transfer officials and beneficiaries in the state saying that the Federal Government through partnerships with some key private sector players is looking out for employment opportunities in the areas of Education, ICT, Agriculture, Security among others for the graduating N-Power volunteers.”
We, therefore, urge the 2016 beneficiaries to prepare their minds in case of an unfavourable announcement by the federal government.
Though the government on how to engage beneficiaries even after leaving the programme, through this they’ve come up with a transition survey icon on the NPVN portal.
The back and forth statement from top officials has shown that decision is yet to be reached about the fate of N-Power 2016 batch.