N-Power Volunteers Stage Protest In Lagos

N-Power: Pay Us Our Stipends, Volunteers Cry Out To FG



N-Power: Pay Us Our Stipends, Volunteers Cry Out To FG

Some N-Power beneficiaries/Twitter

Several beneficiaries of the Federal Government’s N-Power scheme on Tuesday in Lagos took to the streets to express their vexation with the state government for not absorbing them into the civil service, Concise News reports.

The protesters vowed not to back down on their agitation for permanency until the Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration answers to their demand.

This writer understands that some of the beneficiaries (mostly N-Teach) had already gone on strike by refusing to go to their Place of Primary Assignments (PPAs).

This action is coming against the backdrop of the government of the ‘Centre of Excellence’ recruiting 1000 teachers without considering the N-Teach volunteers.

The protest, gathered, started at LTV Blue Roof Arena, Ikeja and beneficiaries (mostly 2016 volunteers) marched to the Lagos State House of Assembly to voice their grievances.

Sadiya Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development had repeatedly said that the 2016 volunteers will be exited from the programme, much to the aversion of the Nigerian youths who believe they have given enough and deserve to be made permanent staff of the government.

Of all the National Social Investment Programmes (NSIPs), N-Power is the most popular.

The N-Power was introduced in 2016 with the aim of reducing unemployment among Nigerian graduates and non-graduates between the ages of 18 and 35.

The volunteers are paid N30,000 (approximately 83 US Dollars) monthly as stipends and given tablet computers to aid further learning.

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