The Federal Government of Nigeria has responded to the demands of some protesting NPower beneficiaries who want exiting Batch A and B beneficiaries to be employed by the government.
The protesting beneficiaries had also on Thursday, 23rd July, demanded that the government pay each of them N600,000 grant if it couldn’t employ them permanently.
The Federal Government while reacting to the demands of the exiting NPower beneficiaries has replied in throught the Press Director of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, Mrs Rhoda Iliya. She noted that government can’t afford the N300 billion grant been demanded by the beneficiaries.
She further stated the requests were contrary to the initial agreements between the government and the participants, adding that they were fully aware of the conditions before taking up an offer from the government.
Full Statement as released:
“On Thursday 23rd of July 2020, a rally at the National Assembly which later proceeded to the Federal Secretariat Complex.
“The protesters claimed to be representatives of the Federal Government’s N-Power beneficiaries that are about to be exited.
“They requested the Federal Government to employ all the 500,000 beneficiaries as well as pay them a grant of N600,000 each.
“The Ministry wishes to state that this demand was not part of the agreement of engagement they signed with the Federal Government, which clearly stipulated that they will be exited after 2 years.
“Furthermore, the government cannot afford the N300 billion they were asking for a grant.
“It is noteworthy to state that the FGN has expended hundreds of billions to N-Power beneficiaries during the last 4 years and is liaising with the office of the Accountant General of the Federation, which is responsible for the payment of their stipends, to ensure that any outstanding legitimate claim is settled.
“The Federal Government cannot afford to continue to pay the exited N-Power beneficiaries stipends indefinitely, more so that the process of engagement of new beneficiaries has already begun.