N-Power beneficiaries begs FG for exit allowances, says the program has tackled poverty
Samuel Luka, Bauchi
The beneficiaries of the Federal Government’s N-Power program in Bauchi State have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to look into their plights by paying them exit packages to become self-reliant and productive in the society.
Speaking to newsmen during a press briefing in Bauchi over the weekend, Chairman of N-power Ambassadors in the state, Mallam Salihu Umar commended the President for curtailing unemployment in the country through the initiative.
He pointed out that the program was aimed at tackling the country’s poverty rate as well as creating job opportunities for the youth through entrepreneurship.
According to Umar, the N-Power program has brought hope to many youths through the monthly payment of N30,000 stipends, in addition to the provision of electronic devices for them in the state.
Umar noted that, as the children of nobody in the state, they have been receiving the monthly stipend for three years up to the exit period.
The Chairman of N-power Ambassadors in the state who said they have benefited immensely, dissociated themselves from a protest organized by some group persons who claimed to beneficiaries of the initiative against the government in the state.
He appealed to the President through the office of the Minster of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to fulfill the long awaited promise made to N-power volunteers with the exit package.
Umar recalled that in March, 2022, the FG in conjunction with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) organized an entrepreneurial training for the beneficiaries.
He said, during the training, business plans were submitted based on the choice of business that each beneficiary wanted to establish as his own and funds were promised to be disbursed.