Nothing great last forever and this seems to be the case for N-Power beneficiaries as the federal government has said that the program will be shut down before the end of the year and it’s employees would soon be out of a job, Afriupdate reports.
This was revealed by the minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Sadiya Farouq during an interview with the press.
Farouq pointed out that the program was supposed to have ended and it’s beneficiaries employment terminated since 2018 as it was rightly supposed to, being that the program was originally supposed to last for only two years, adding that the program was created in order to support and help the ever increasing number of unemployed youths and graduates.
She also noted that the wise among the beneficiaries must have saved from their monthly stipends to cater for the future.
“I don’t know why there is fear, we know that the government had this programme in place to support our teeming unemployed youth, especially the graduates and it is supposed to be a two years programme”, she said.
“We started with the first batch in 2016 and they were supposed to have been exited in 2018 and we want to believe that most of them that are wise must have saved really from this stipend that they are been paid every month.
“Also, they must have learned some skills, so, I don’t think we should have this panic that these people don’t know their fate, they don’t know their future. From the onset (outset) they know that this programme would not be there forever.” she added.
The minister added that her ministry and other critical stakeholders would explore best options to see how the beneficiaries could have a futuristic exit so that they could have something to fall back on after their disengagement.