Last updated on December 24th, 2021 at 08:44 pm
Some beneficiaries of N-Power knowledge from the North Central geo-political zone who are undergoing training at the Public Service Institute, Kubwa, Abuja, on Monday, December 6, 20201, protested over three months of unpaid stipends.
The beneficiaries are from Benue, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau, and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. They resumed at PSI, Abuja, on November 3, 2021, for training and are expected to complete their training and leave the camp by December 20, 2021.
Just like some of their N-Power batch C1 graduates counterparts who are yet to be paid September stipend due to technical glitches (like inability to verify their data), the ministry promised to begin payment from the month (September) they are onboarded on NASIMS
They are part of the N-Power batch C, stream 1, who should have received their allowances for September, October, and November.
The affected beneficiaries stated that their survival depended on the feeding allowances promised them by the Federal Government since most of them came from different parts of the region to camp in Abuja for training.
One of the beneficiaries who lamented his ordeal was quoted as saying, “We are being treated as slaves here. It is like the government brought us from different states to this camp in Abuja to starve us to death.
“We have been enduring hunger since we got to this place, we cannot take it anymore and that is why we protested today. Something urgent has to be done,” SaharaReporters quoted one Bright as saying.
Reason for the delay
There was no official statement why there was a delay in the feeding allowances and stipend of the beneficiaries, however, an official from the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management promised that their allowances would be paid.
But the beneficiaries vowed to shun training classes until they receive their allowances
The scheme which was established by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2016 was aimed at reducing the rate of unemployment among the Nigerian youths.
In order to make the programme and the coordination of the NSIP more effective, the president in 2019, brought the N-Power programme under a new ministry called Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management and announced Sadiya Farouk as the minister.
The National Social Intervention Programme (NSIP) which directs the activities of the N-Power programme was formerly domiciled at the Office of the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo until the creation of the new ministry which has the National Social Investment Office (NSIO) as one of its agencies of FMHDS
- By SaharaReporters