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2,525 N-Power Beneficiaries Fired


The disengagement of 2,525 beneficiaries of the N-Power Programme for absconding from their primary place of assignment, has been approved.

Their sack was approved by the Federal Government of Nigeria, FGN.

It would be recalled that the N-Power Programme was in 2016 initiated by President Muhammadu Buhari as a job enhancement scheme aimed at imbibing the learn-work-entrepreneurship culture in Nigerian youth between 18 and 35 for graduates and non-graduates.

To confirm the sack, the Communications Manager, National Social Investment Office, Justice Bibiye explained that 18,674 other beneficiaries of the initiative had resigned voluntarily, since they have gotten a permanent employment.

According to him, “It had earlier come to the notice of the Federal team that some of the N-Power beneficiaries had either absconded from their primary places of assignment or gained permanent employment subsequent to their commencement on the programme.

“The Federal team has continued to encourage feedback from the states from existing monitors, whistleblowers and members of the public through it’s existing call centre and has acted swiftly by initially placing such beneficiaries on suspension for a period of 45 days.

“Unless such beneficiaries are able to provide proof from their primary place of assignment and the state focal person that they were actually present, or absent with reason, their participation in the programme is terminated after the period of suspension.

“So far, 2,525 beneficiaries have been delisted, following reports garnered from the various avenues, whilst 18,674 have voluntarily resigned, having secured permanent employment.

“Reports from a few states showed that some beneficiaries of the programme are said to have stayed away for long periods of time from their primary places of assignment.

“This has led to the need for continued action against those who are seen to be undermining the smooth implementation of the Federal Government social intervention initiative.

“To ensure seamless execution of the programme in order to achieve the set goals, the NSIO has increased the number of monitoring partners.

“This, would help to enhance supervision and the strengthening of monitoring, for effective and efficient service delivery of all components of the NSIPs.

“Beneficiaries must understand that N-Power is not a charity program and, therefore, everyone captured under the scheme is expected to justify his/her engagement by demonstrating diligence, hard work and commitment to duty at their PPAs.

“Acts of dereliction of duty, indolence, absenteeism and indiscipline on the part of volunteers shall continue to be dealt with decisively and in line with the rules of engagement.”

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