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JUST IN: FG to sack 500,000 N-Power beneficiaries

The Federal Government has announced the imminent sacking of about 500,000 persons engaged in Nigeria’s Social Investment Programme (N-Power).

Salisu Na’inna Danbatta, Media Aide to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, made this known to The Guardian on Monday.

He said the beneficiaries were supposed to spend 24 months on the programme, but Batch A beneficiaries have spent over 40 months.

“Both Batches will soon be terminated according to the (press) release for the reasons given in the (press) release,” he said.

Danbatta noted that the programme has enrolled 500,000 beneficiaries thus far – 200,000 from Batch A which started in September 2016 and 300,000 from Batch B which kicked off in August 2018.

He added that the scheme has contributed to the administration’s vision of lifting 100 million people out of poverty by creating opportunities to enhance the productivity of the Nigerian youth.

Danbatta, who also quoted a statement released  by the ministry’s spokesperson, Rhoda Iliya, said the current beneficiaries have overstayed in the programme “thereby denying other Nigerians an opportunity to access the programme and gain skills for entrepreneurship and employment.”

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Olugbenga Ige

Ige Olugbenga is a fine-grained journalist. He loves the smell of a good lead and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows. Gbenga is an alumnus of the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State and The Polytechnic, Ibadan.

8 Comments

  1. If batch A spent over 40 months on the programme, then batch B should also be allowed to spend 40 months on the programme.

    At the very least, if both batches will be stopped at exactly the same month and year, then batch B should be paid the balance to make up to 40 months of pay just as batch A has received. Let there be fairness on the part of batch B.

    But more responsibly, both batches should be absorbed fully to various ministries based on their course of studies or area of specialization during the Npower programme. This way, the waning man power in the public and some private sectors will be reinforced at all levels (Federal, State, L.G.A public and private).

    Thank you.

  2. My comment concerned Npower, The 30/40month batch should allow the rest to benefit why are we so selfish in this country.

  3. we know that batch A have staid for atleast 42 months instead of 24, but i don’t think is thier falt. However, what about batch B that still have ther deployment letter reading September be for thier contract terminates? will they also be sact after May stipend? what about the remaining months?

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