Breaking: 500,000 N-power Beneficiaries to embark on a rescheduled protest

The disengaged beneficaries of the N-power program have unanimously written to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps to notify the organisation of their planned national peaceful protest that would take place on Thursday 16th July, 2020.

The batch A and B N-power beneficiaries are protesting to press home their plight to the Federal Government over their sudden disengagement from the N-program amidst COVID-19 Pandemic without payment of their June Stipends, payment of outstanding March, April and May Stipends of some of the beneficiaries affected  by the migration of the payment plafform to the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS) Server, and delay in the implementation of the exit plan as promised by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, weeks after the sudden disengagement.

The N-power program which it’s core design was necessitated by the higher rate of youth and graduate unemployemnt in Nigeria and a bid to act as a synergy between inexperienced fresh graduates and available opportunities both in the  government and private sectors, by providing a requisite 2 years experience in a work, learn and earn process, since it was a segregatory criterium for none employment of most fresh graduates in Nigeria.

In 2016, more than a million Nigerian youths applied for the N-power program that saw the selection of 200,000 N-power beneficiaries.

The process was repeated in 2017 and attracted more than 2 million applications from Nigerian youths, and saw the selection of 300,000 youths/graduates who commenced officially in August, 2018.

The N-power program was designed with an end-of-program certificates and engagement by either the government or private sectors, or an exit package for the beneficiaries at the end of their programs.

In 2018 when the Batch A were supposed to have been exited from the program, the exit plan was not met and the Batch A remained in the program as the Federal Government promised not to put the trained beneficiaries back to the street.

Also during the 2019 General Election, an assurance  was given to the 500,000 N-power beneficiaries emphasising that their Voters cards were their tickets to permanent employements which prompted the beneficiaries turning into campaigners of the 4+4 All progressive Congress agenda that saw the re-election of Party.

The N-power program under the leadership of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osibanjo, Afolabi Imoukhuede (Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation), Maryam Uwais  (Special Adviser to the President on National Investments) and many others received a reverse of its national accolades and relevance since it's transfer to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development in October, 2019 as it followed incessant delay in the payment of beneficiaries stipends and slowed implementation.

Just in July,2020, the 500,000 N-power beneficiaries were suddenly disengaged from the lifeline program to wallow in confusion as the promised exit plan has not been met while the possibility of permanent employment appeared impossible, prompting the beneficiaries’ plan of taking to the streets of major cities to express their devastation and the disaster that has been brought to their families, since 90% of the beneficiaries have been married with kids.

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