Beneficiaries of N-Power programme in their hundreds on Thursday, July 23, 2020 took to the street of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to pay them N600, 000 each as gratuity.
The protesters which comprised N-Power 2016 and 2017 batch also said some of them have not been paid two months of stipends.
They carry placards with different insciptions like:
- PMB thank you for the N-Power programme. Please don’t send us back to the street
- It is permanent jobs or nothing
- Please engage us to practice and build our self-esteem etc
N-Power beneficiaries want Buhari to sack Sadiya Farouq
The protesters, according to report stormed the National Assembly chanting anti-government and anti-Sadiya Farouq songs, calling on the president to sack her.
They claimed that since Buhari moved N-Power programme under the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management with Sadiya Umar Farouq in charge, things have not been the same.
The volunteers said the removal of Sadiya Umar Farouk is imperative for what they described as her move to frustrating the programme.
The protesters came from the 36 states of the country including the Federal Capital Territory, Lagos, Ekiti, Cross River State.
Demand N600,000 Each As Gratuity From Buhari
They made tow demands from the APC-led government:
- For the FG to pay each of them the sum of N600,000 before disengagement.
- 2 Graduate them to permanent staff in various ministries of the government.
Of all this…
What is Gratuity?
In relation to labour law as outlined by economists, gratuity is given by the employer to her employee for the services rendered during the period of employment.
Gratuity is usually paid at the time of retirement but can be paid earlier, provided certain conditions are met.
Who is eligible for gratuity?
A person is eligible to receive gratuity only if he has completed a minimum of five years of service with an organisation, depending on the labour of a country.
Meanwhile, the ministry has stated that the Federal Government didn’t sign a permanent job agreement with the beneficiaries when they joined the programme.
Disengaging N-Power is a disaster
Speaking at the Assembly complex, the National President of the N-Power volunteers, Kabiru Aliyu Pelemi, said it would be a disaster for the country if the government pushed over 500,000 beneficiaries back into the street.
Recall that the minister and Finance minister once said that the government was planning an exit package in form of loan for the over 500, 000 former beneficiaries.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has reacted to the protest saying plans were underway to pay backlogs of 14,020 unpaid N-Power beneficiaries across the country.