Beneficiaries of the federal government social investment scheme, Npower have again cried out over the non-payment of their outstanding stipends and other benefits.
The disgruntled beneficiaries who took to the micro-blogging site, Twitter to voice their anger on Wednesday blamed Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development for the non-payment of their stipends.
The angry beneficiaries took to the comment section after the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development released a statement on behalf of the Minister on Wednesday evening in commemoration of the 2020 International Youth Day.
The Ministry wrote: “Today as we mark “International Youth Day”, the HM @sadiya_farouq and all of us @FMHDSD
felicitate with Nigerian youth who continue to exhibit innovation & resilience despite the odds stacked against them. You are our future & we celebrate you today & always. #IYD2020″
Today as we mark “International Youth Day”, the HM @sadiya_farouq and all of us @FMHDSD felicitate with Nigerian youth who continue to exhibit innovation & resilience despite the odds stacked against them. You are our future & we celebrate you today & always. #IYD2020 pic.twitter.com/kxXJYEUP0J
— Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs (@FMHDSD) August 12, 2020
However, the responses the Ministry got were majorly from N-Power beneficiaries demanding the payment of their outstanding stipends who noted that there is nothing to celebrate if the youths are being denied their entitlements by the government.
Most claim they have not been paid July and June while some others claim what they are owed is more than two months.
See some of their reactions:
Where is @npower_ng beneficiaries stipends for God sake… Do they need to beg for it. Why is this nation not working, is it a curse?! Must the youth suffer in their own country… What a shame @AIT_Online @APCNigeria @FMHDSD @channelstv @MBuhari @Sadiya_farouq @SaharaReporters
— Hax (@Hax58643982) August 12, 2020
The youths that you impacted negatively with your poor managerial service. We are not accepting your felicitation except you pay NPOWER beneficiaries stipends and absorb us into civil service or give us reasonable grants.#NpowerCries#NpowerCries @Sadiya_farouq@MBuhari
— NpowerDeserveToBePermanent (@NpowerTo) August 12, 2020
After you solely initiated the idea of disengagement of 500,000 @npower_ng beneficiaries from the Npower scheme, and also owe many of them over 3months stipends. With this, you have added to the odds stacked against them
— Aremu Ridwan (@REALLUCAS20) August 12, 2020
This message would have better been appreciated if the youths @npower_ng beneficiaries under your ministry is been treated well & considered for a good exit not sending them back to the street to square0
Pls pay us our stipend we need to it feed and start something with our life!
— ogunyemi kayode sola (@ogunyemikayode6) August 12, 2020
Where is your conscience @Sadiya_farouq,celebrating the youth you purposely kept in hunger.. injustice meted out to the ones you called leaders of tomorrow,the youth are disappointed in you.#Absorborgiveusareasonableexitpackage #NpowerCries #NpowerCries #NpowerCries
— Shardeycute (@folashade_olowe) August 12, 2020
And you think there is something you are proud to celebrate? After disengaging about 500,000 Nigerian youths and sending them back to the streets without paying them their stipends just to lavish in hardship in this pandemic era. @MBuhari @HouseNGR @AIT_Online @channelstv
— Sunday Ben (@SundayBigben) August 12, 2020
#NpowerCries youth are suffering in nigeria, @Sadiya_farouq we thought our angel has arrive after npower transfer to ur ministry as a mother and sister suppose to be mercy…but no we are getting sadist sadiyya
— Shola Atere (@atere_shola) August 12, 2020
— John (@O_Boy123) August 12, 2020
Madam disaster, u truly u are proud of the Nigerian youths, then let us receive alert for our June n July stipends tonight, then we also will be proud of u as a mother. Hunger is killing us here, let us make u proud as mother. We are waiting
— Owolabi Olufemi (@olufemiebere1) August 12, 2020
— Mr. Ajao T. O (@fellow_senior) August 12, 2020
@npower_ng disengaged volunteers can’t breath. Pay them their last stipends
— Calyb U. (@CALEB50596658) August 12, 2020
We would have love to celebrate but you stab our heart with the treatment we are getting from you. @Sadiya_farouq it is the same blood that runs in your vein that runs in ours too #NpowerCries Be compassionate towards #npower beneficiaries #NpowerCries
— KemmyEyecrown (@Okemmycrown) August 12, 2020
If you had started this wishes with payment of Npower beneficiaries June and July stipends, it would have been good. Why haven’t you pay Npower beneficiaries June and July stipends in this pandemic times? It’s unfair.
— ositaCHIBUIKE (@chikesiloms2007) August 12, 2020
— Abdullahi Hassan? (@KtnAbdallah) August 12, 2020
Meanwhile, Naija News recalls the Minister for Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, disclosed no fewer than five million candidates have applied for the Batch C of the N-Power programme.
She made the disclosure in a statement released by her Special Assistant on Strategic Communication, Mrs Halima Oyelade on Tuesday.
Only 400,000 persons will be chosen from the pool of applicants as Batch C beneficiaries of the federal government social intervention scheme.