The National President of the N-Power scheme, Kabiru Pelemi, wondered, in a tweet, why members of the National Assembly have failed to step in and question the Minister of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, over unpaid stipends owed to beneficiaries of the programme.
In a tweet posted on 28 April 2021, Pelemi said “I wonder why @nassnigeria have not call @Sadiya_farouq into order.”
Pelemi’s short tweet follows the months-long withheld stipend payment owed to N-Power batches A and B after NEXIT was introduced.
NEXIT was created by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to aid the exit of beneficiaries who have completed their stint at the scheme, to create a soft landing for them.
Recently, representatives of N-Power beneficiaries across the 36 states of the Federation including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja had announced plans to stage an online protest over unpaid stipends.
In a statement, the group stated that the grievances of the beneficiaries had fallen on “deaf ears”, prompting the group to embark on the protest which was scheduled for Wednesday, 28 April 2021.
Cause For Agitation By N-Power Beneficiaries
The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development had disclosed that payments would be made to exiting beneficiaries, however, six months after that announcement, the stipends were yet to be paid, according to the affected beneficiaries.
Participants of the scheme who exited the programme in July 2020 continue to agitate about the non-payment of stipends as promised by the ministry.
In a separate tweet, Pelemi declared that the minister, Farouq, had “no plan for Nigeria youth”, querying what the ruling government was doing about the programme