Nigeria’s Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq has reacted to the recent protests by some N-Power beneficiaries.
The Minister disclosed that the recent protest by the beneficiaries and their fresh demands has not gone unnoticed by the government.
Hajia Farouq stated this in a series of tweets from her verified Twitter handle on Sunday.
Naija News recalls some aggrieved beneficiaries of the N-Power scheme had last week, stormed the National Assembly, and then the federal secretariat in Abuja in protest of the plans by the government to exit them from the scheme.
The protesters demanded that the government should absorb them into the civil service of pay each one of them a severance fee of N600,000.
Initially, the government had replied them in a statement on Friday by the Director (Press) in the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, Mrs Rhoda Iliya who noted that the government can’t afford the N300 billion grant been demanded by the beneficiaries.
She noted that the demands were contrary to the initial agreements between the government and the beneficiaries, adding that they were fully aware of the conditions before taking up an offer from the government.
However, giving further updates, the Minister in charge of the Ministry disclosed later that the government is reviewing the demands from the protesters and would address the issues as practically possible.
“I received news of a protest at the National Assembly by N-Power Batch A and B beneficiaries who presented a list of demands which we are reviewing and will address as practically possible.”
“Let me reiterate that the exiting of Batch A and B is not punitive but as a means of providing an opportunity for their brothers and sisters to also access the programme. Batch A and B beneficiaries remain our pride and worthy ambassadors,” she said.
Let me reiterate that the exiting of Batch A and B is not punitive but as a means of providing an opportunity for their brothers and sisters to also access the programme. Batch A and B beneficiaries remain our pride and worthy ambassadors.
— Sadiya Umar Farouq (@Sadiya_farouq) July 26, 2020
Meanwhile, a closing date has been announced by the government for the ongoing registration for the N-Power Batch C recruitment. According to the government, the portal will close in two weeks’ time.
The portal will close at midnight on August 8th, 2020.
Source: Naija News