N-power: No Stipend till 20th December

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Truth had finally come out from the horse’s mouth concerning the October and November stipend of N-Power volunteers. A few moments ago, the minister in charge of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, broke the silence. According to her, as seen in the screenshot below, volunteers will be paid on 20th December 2019.

Mrs Sadiya Umar Farouq during a press briefing

The minister however did not state how many months the volunteers will be paid. She hinted that a bigger package awaits the volunteers in the form of transition into greater things. Remember the transition icon had come on twice on the volunteers’ profiles and were later disabled. We expect a resurfacing of that soonest.

Also, it is clear that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhamaddu Buhari, had approved the recruitment of 400,000 community police officers. What is not clear is if these will come from N-Power volunteers or not.

Quoting the minister in part, “…that there are information gaps with regards the monitoring and evaluation mechanism and framework of the N – Power and the GEEP programmes. Some officials of NSIP are of the view that the programmes should be completely restructured. The Ministry is currently engaging the NSIP Cluster Heads for clarifications;in essence, the Handover and Taking process for these two (2) programmes is still ongoing.That N-Power beneficiaries enrolled in 2016 are yet to be exited 16 months after the elapse of their contract; they are supposed to have been graduated to a more productive venture;That the Ministry is currently making efforts to develop an exit strategy, which is non-existent. I wish to seize this opportunity to assure all N- Power beneficiaries and indeed all Nigerians of the Ministry’s commitment to Mr President’s promise to stem poverty in the country as well as lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years. This is a clarion call we must all answer for the sake of our fatherland. This present glitch needs addressing if we are to commence the assignment at hand with the required traction. In this regard, the Ministry also wishes to assure all beneficiaries that all arrears will be paid as soon as the handing and taking over processes are concluded and the grey areas are addressed. There should be no apprehension with regards the continuity or sustainability of the Social Investment programmes as the Government will continue to adequately fund them and ensure that they reach the beneficiaries and touch lives positively. Finally, while craving for patience and understanding, I wish to thank all the NSIP Managers, who are taking great pains to explain the technicalities of the project to the Ministry officials to ensure a smooth transition.”

Remember we previously intimated our readers of this truth but many called us broke, hungry bloggers and so on. Now we have been vindicated. You can read that post, Reason for delayed October N-Power Stipend.

To all N-Power volunteers, the waiting continues.

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