Sadiya to clear the air on transition, assures no Volunteer would be laid off

While the news of the exit of the Batch A and B N-power beneficiaries has raised dust in the minds of many, the transition of the exiting beneficiaries has remained a mirage to the N-power beneficiaries and the general public.

The Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umah Farouk, in an interview with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA)  disclosed that the Federal Government is not planning to lay off the exiting beneficiaries back to the street.

The Minister explained that the goal of the Transitioning is to keep the Volunteers empowered and to position Nigeria at the core of post COVID-19 digital economy while emphasising that the Volunteers would undergo a psychometric testing to ascertain the competence of each of the Volunteers before undertaking any of the available options.
As apart of the transition process, before eligible volunteers will be absorbed into the government entrepreneurship schemes or engaged by private sector bodies, a compulsory psychometric assessment would be conducted to determine the competence of each of the beneficiaries.
The Minister noted that she would clear the air on the transition negotiated with the Government and the private sectors while pointing out that arrangement has been made in the following key sectors, among others:
  • Agriculture & Agro processing
  •  Real Estate
  • Hospitality
  • Information & Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Creative industry
  • Finance (agency banking)
  • Transport and Logistics
  • Retail (e-commerce)
Ms Farouk in a tweet yesterday restated that the Transition process of the Batch A N-power beneficiaries would commence on the 30th of June, 2020 while the Batch B would commence their transitioning from the 31st of July, 2020.

The Handlers of the N-power program had stated that the Transition would involve direct communication of the methods to the beneficiaries who would respond to the processes individually.

Meanwhile, the Ministry is gearing up for the recruitment of another set of 400,000 N-power Volunteers as the application portal opens on the 26th of June, 2020.

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