N-Power Teacher Writes New Ministry In Charge Of Scheme Over Unpaid October Stipend
PIC 25 . From left: Managing Director, Niger Delta Power Holdings Company (NDPHC), Mr Chiedo Ugbo; Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation, Mr Afolabi Imoukhede; Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and Executive Director, Bank of Indusry, Mr Jonathan Tobin during the visit of the Acting President to N-Power Call Centre in Abuja on 14/7/17
An N-Teach volunteer, Segun Abiri has written the Federal Ministry Of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development (FMHDSD) expressing his frustration at the ‘silence’ regarding the non-payment of volunteers’ October stipend, Concise News reports.
N-Teach is one of the components of the N-Power scheme. It is also the most popular.
It would be recalled that the National Social Investment Programmes NSIP (an initiative the N-Power scheme is one of it’s elements), which was formerly under the office of the vice-president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and managed by Hajia Maryam Uwais, special adviser to the president on social intervention, was moved to the ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management, and social development on October 1.
The transfer of NSIP from the office of the vice-president is meant to institutionalise the intervention, according to President Muhammadu Buhari.
Today (Wednesday) makes it the 50th day since a chunk of the beneficiaries nationwide received their last monthly pay. This, according to a volunteer of the scheme who prefers not to be named. The volunteer said N-Power paid September stipend October 7th onward.
This online news medium observed that there is a feeling of disappointment among beneficiaries due to the neglect by handlers of the scheme, the stimulus to Abiri sending the message to the Sadiya Umar Farouq headed ministry on Sunday.
He writes via his Twitter handle: “Dear @fmhdsd, My name is Segun Abiri, I am @npower_ng teacher in #Abuja Today is 24th November, and none of about 500,000 #NPowerNG beneficiary has received payment for #October. It’s sad, inhuman, and unaccepted of you to keep us incommunicado as to what caused payment delay.”
It’s sad, inhuman, and unaccepted of you to keep us incommunicado as to what caused payment delay. pic.twitter.com/ymfpxnPzvp
— Segun | Your Literacy Plug (@SegunAbiri) November 24, 2019
Introduced in 2016 by President Muhammadu Buhari, the N-Power Programme is a graduate and non-graduate job enhancement scheme.
The objective is to enable them acquire the requisite skills, knowledge and experience for entrepreneurship and self sufficiency at the culmination of their tenure on the programme, the FG says.
The N-Power beneficiaries are then provided with N30, 000 (approximately 83 US Dollars) monthly stipend and devices to aid their learning and skills development.