One of the cardinal objectives of establishing the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development was to swiftly respond to emergencies, but the recent development shows that the ministry is going to plunge more of its N-Power beneficiaries into poverty and debt.
More than 200 hundred responses we received from the beneficiaries of the programme confirmed that they are yet to receive three months stipend. Search string like an update about N-Power salary for October, November, and December have become what the helpless look for online.
Yet To Pay 3 Months Salary of N-Power Batch C Stream 1
The last monthly stipend the N-Power batch c, stream 1 received was for September 2021. At the time of filing this report, the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development is owing the over 500,000 beneficiaries spread across the country for the months of October, November, and December.
While some beneficiaries received September, hundreds of others were not lucky as there was a technical glitch in processing their stipend. This means that some of them are yet to be paid since the commencement of the third batch of the programme.
The Ministry That’s Unable To Effectively Manage Disaster Aims To Enlist Another 400K
For a ministry that owes more than half a million young unemployed and helpless youths three months salary and had the audacity to come to the public to state that it planned to enlist another 400,000 unemployed isn’t only embarrassing. But it shows that the official that made the statement has no human face. The official is cruel and wicked.
“It is a well-known fact that N-Power programme is a critical part of the National Social Investment Programmes domiciled in the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development (FMHADMSD) and designed to achieve the National objectives of poverty reduction and job creation. The N-Power programme is key to helping young Nigerians acquire and develop life-long skills that ensure they become solution providers and entrepreneurs in their communities,” the Vanguard Nigeria quoted Deputy Director, Finance and Account, Muhammad Sambo as saying.
Aim of N-Power Programme
The announcement for the youth empowerment programme was made by President Muhammadu Buhari on May 29, 2016, during his speech at the Democracy Day celebration.
And by December 2016 the first set of 200,000 beneficiaries were onboarded. They were placed on NGN30,000 monthly stipend. In 2017 another batch of 300,000 came onboard.
The programme is on its third phase: stream 1 and stream 2. Stream 1 consists of 500,000 beneficiaries (graduate) and plans to enlist another 400,000 (graduate).
The non-graduate segment consists of N-Power Build, N-Power Knowledge (N-Tech Hardware, N-Tech Software) and the N-Creative (Animation and Scriptwriting).
A Programme With Noble Course, Bad Implementation
The programme was beautifully designed to reduce the rate of unemployment among young Nigerians. It was divided into two: 1) graduate 2) non-graduate.
The beneficiaries under the graduate segment were temporarily deployed to schools, clinics, and agriculture extensions across the country.
The beneficiaries under non-graduate were trained in various skills and were paid NGN10,000 as allowance.
But since the establishment of the ministry, it has not shown any sign that it has the capacity and strength effectively disaster that is can seen in every part of Nigerian society.
Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs should show its humanitarian face by paying the salary of beneficiaries promptly. Or how exactly do you want them to do something meaningful with their salaries when you owe them three months pay?