* Officials say no beneficiary will go back to the streets in search of job opening
By Gladys Nweke
It is no longer news that the Federal Government of Nigeria plans to lay-off the N-power Batch A beneficiaries in glory.
According to Sadiya Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, N-Power is the job creation as empowerment component of the NSIP, for young unemployed Nigerians. He said it has a network of over 500,000 thousands volunteers, in different segments
The first batch of 2016 is made up of A-set of 200,000 beneficiaries, who have spent more the agreed contract date of two years.
However, the first batch is counted lucky, because their exit package is underway. No beneficiaries of the N-power programme will go back to the street, begging to be employed, never.
In her words, “All volunteers shall be accorded with a good exit package, in line with president Buhari set agenda of bringing out 100 million Nigerians out of extreme poverty in 10 years’ time, minister said.
In a press briefing in response to non-payment of stipends to n-power beneficiaries for the months of October and November, the minister doused tension as she made the way very clear to all beneficiaries.
According to Farouq, N-Power is the job creation as empowerment component of the NSIP, for young unemployed Nigerians; it has a network of over 500,000 thousands volunteers, in different segments.
Special Adviser to the President on Social Investment-Mrs. Maryam Uwais disclosed that, a transition option is already on, all the first 200,000 set are to select their preferred choice in the list of entrepreneurship skills made available.
Mrs Uwais also said; “Federal Government in collaboration with Central Bank of Nigeria, is to provide loans to beneficiaries so as to sustain the programme for a long period of time.
She stresses the need of NSIP collaboration with states government and private sector participation, to contain the large numbers of beneficiaries. In her words, we are partnering all the states government to employ N-power volunteers. The private sector participation will see some beneficiaries who are very much interested acquiring more skills, get engaged.
She also disclosed that, a new batch of 300,000 fresh beneficiaries would come on board come 2020. That is, when batch might have been settled. There will be no need for further restructuring of SNIP, she added.
Mr Afolabi Imoukhuede, special adviser on job creation to the vice in a live chart, reassured all beneficiaries of a good exit plan, no volunteer will roam the street, looking for job. He advised recipient of the programme to remain calm, as government is making good plans ahead.
Reappointed for the second time in office, he promised not to let down beneficiaries, as plans are underway to reoccupy them, after exit.