The 500,000 beneficiaries of N-Power Scheme recently disengaged by Federal Government have urged for absorption into newly introduced government empowerment programmes.
The beneficiaries under the auspices of N-Power Youth Congress made the call Saturday in a press statement signed by the Congress National Coordinator, Hon. Joseph Enan Maigari, Secretary, Comrade Kolade Gbolagade, and Organizing Secretary, Comrade Benedict Udoh.
The statement read by Maigari, urged Federal Government to give them exit package if it could not absorbed them.
Maigari noted that dumping them into job market at this critical time was not healthy.
“The batches A and B of Npower beneficiaries whom according to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management were disengaged since the month of June and July respectively are not happy for being sent back to the streets.
“We were struggling in different spheres of life to make a living. We were made to quit the things we were doing before to embrace Npower with the promise of being absorbed into the federal government scheme at the end of the day,” Maigari said.
He noted that the beneficiaries mobilized for APC in the last general election with the hope that the administration would honour its promise to absorb them.
“We can recall that before the 2019 Presidential Campaign, we were made to understand by Mr Afolabi that our voters cards determine our permanency. We mobilized ourselves, came out in mass to support this government..
“We hereby call on the president to please fulfil his promises. Absorb those that want to work as Federal Government staff, and give reasonable exit package to those who would like to venture into businesses and other entrepreneurial enterprises,” Maigari pleaded.
He lamented that government has continue to ignore their peaceful demand while that of EndSars was listened to after protest just like the ones of Niger Delta militants and repentant boko haram members who engaged in violence.
Maigari said that the 500,000 youths of the Congress would not engage in violence but would mobilized their families to vote against APC in 2023 general elections if they were not attended to.