Scores of beneficiaries of the Federal Government’s N-POWER scheme aimed at tackling unemployment on Tuesday protested to the Lagos State House of Assembly against the non-payment of their stipends for three consecutive months.
It would be recalled that they had in January protested to the Assembly demanding for the payment of their stipend, which made the House to summon the state coordinator of the scheme, Mrs. Shola Falana, and the state Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs. Lola Akande, for explanation.
The protesters, chanting different solidarity songs, carried placards with various inscriptions, which include: Lagos State N-Power volunteers are tired of staying at home’; ‘Only Lagos State N-Power are excluded from the programme, attend to us’; ‘Release our stipends’; and ‘Enough of no information, no device, no deployment, no stipends.’
Leader of the protesters, Mr. Felix Ayorinde, said: “We are being cheated in Lagos. We do not know why the Federal Government has decided to exclude us in this state. Throughout December we were not verified. We have done verification after our first protest to this House in January but we have not been deployed and neither were we paid our stipends.
“We want the House to intercede on our behalf so that we can be posted and paid. Other applicants in other states have been deployed and are collecting their stipends since December. We are tired of staying at home, we are hungry.”
Addressing the protesters, Speaker of the House, Mr. Mudashiru Obasa, said the Assembly would not allow anyone to cheat successful N-Power applicants in the state, adding that the Assembly would further investigate causes of delay. Obasa was represented by Mr. Bisi Yusuf, Chairman, House Committee on Public Accounts (Local).
How to Check your Name for the N-Power Second Batch List
According to the N-Power official website: Skills and knowledge are the driving forces of economic growth and social development. Despite the current high level of unemployment, harnessing Nigeria’s young demography through appropriate skill development efforts provides an opportunity to achieve inclusion and productivity within the country. Large-scale skill development is the main policy thrust of the N-Power Programme. The modular programmes under N-Power will ensure that each participant will learn and practice most of what is necessary to find or create work. The N-Power Teacher Corp involves a massive deployment of 500,000 trained graduates who will assist to improve the inadequacies in our public services in education, health and civic education.
The N-Power first list that was released is for those who applied for Npower Tech, Agro and health. They have been deployed and started receiving their monthly stipend. For the second batch list in the N-power recruitment 2017 of shortlisted candidates will reportedly be released before the end of April 2017. To check your name, when it is released, candidates are expected to visit: www.npower.gov.ng
Login with the username and password you submitted to N-Power Nigeria. Note that your username is your phone number while your password is your surname. Meanwhile, the federal government has approved a soft loan for artisans and small businesses.