Naija News has obtained the latest Npower news permanency for batch A and B beneficiaries amid the growing concern over the unpaid stipends due to the beneficiaries of the Federal Government’s social intervention scheme.
This online news platform understands that the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, recently said the exited and eligible N-power beneficiaries will be absorbed into government programmes and by private organisations for a permanent job.
On Npower Permanency, the minister said: “We have directed Focal Persons of National Social Investment Programmes in the states to submit an updated list of the exited N-Power beneficiaries that are interested in participating in the transition plans of the ministry.”
Also speaking on the unpaid Npower stipend, the minister who recently got married, said the payment has been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari and outstanding stipends paid to exited N-power beneficiaries of Batch A and B.
“Meanwhile, approval has been given for the payment of the outstanding stipends for the exited N-Power Batches A and B beneficiaries.
“The approval for payments for up to the month of June 2020 for the two Batches has already been forwarded to the office of the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) for final checks and payments.
“The only outstanding approval waiting to be forwarded to AGF’s Office is for the payment of July Stipends for batch B beneficiaries,” she said.
Sadiya said she has requested the details of those affected and the reasons for their rejection. The minister promised to communicate that to the affected beneficiaries.
In a related development, several organisations and stakeholders have called on Federal Government not to disengage Batch A and B beneficiaries but rather absorbed them into government parastatals to further ease the unemployment rate.
Appealing to Federal Government in Umuahia, Sir Isaac Nkole, the National Chairman of Isun Multipurpose Cooperative Society, said, “The introduction of N-Power stands out as one of the best policies of the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari. A lot of graduates have been engaged through the scheme. Some of them are in N-Teach, N-Agro, N-Tax and N-build. I appeal to President Buhari not to listen to anyone advising him to disengage the beneficiary as being speculated that the programme will be stopped by the 26th of this month.
“The questions are; If you disengage these graduates that are helping to improve the quality of education in primary schools, where do you want them to go? Is it to the over-saturated labour market or the crime industry?”