Outcome Of Senate Meeting With Npower Beneficiaries 23th July 2020.
The Senate has once again on Thursday 23rd July 2020 rekindled the hopes of Npower Beneficiaries ( batches A & B ) that none of them will be thrown out of the programme without comprehensive enhancement scheme in place. While addressing Npower beneficiaries, the Senate President who was represented by Senator Onor Sandy Ojang (Representing Cross River Central) said, he empathised with the beneficiaries for the precarious conditions such as non-prompt payment of stipends, the backlog of payments and the news of disengagement amid COVID-19 pandemic that they have subjected to.
Senator Onor appreciated the beneficiaries for the civilized way they conducted themselves while pressing home their demand. Senator Onor Sandy Ogang Speaking On Behalf Of Lawmakers He added, "we have read all the inscriptions you are carrying, arising from your prayers, therefore, I can assure you on behalf of Nigerian Lawmakers that all your demands especially the issue of "permanency” would be meant with immediate effect. Youths are the live wire of any Nation and Nigeria under President Muhammadu Buhari cannot do otherwise but ensure that Nigerian youths are given the desire to respect and dignity they deserve".
I am a professor and I know what it takes to be a graduate; hence, let me say that I personally feel embarrassed and ashamed why youths earning a stipend of N30,000 working in Primary Schools, serving as extension workers, Health Officers and ICT officers will be disengaged from their means of livelihood without alternative jobs or promoted to “enhancement stage" as earlier promised by the government.
As Lawmakers, we will follow due process to make sure that you are given a permanent job". Senator Onor Added. Earlier, the National President of Npower beneficiaries, Comrade Pelumi Aliyu said, “it is unfortunate that enemies of President Muhammadu Buhari who are against his laudable initiative of Npower are using Media to lie and promote propaganda against the ever committed, grateful and faithful Beneficiaries which he stressed now lead to stager payments and backlogs of many months".
He noted that "during 2019 election, stakeholders of Npower to include Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Mr Afolabi, Minister Audu Ogbeh among others have said that, a vote for President Muhammadu Buhari, guaranteed permanency.
He however lamented that since Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq took over the programme, it has been tension in the air as her coming has not elevated beneficiaries in any way rather championing the campaign of disengagement. While thanking the Senate representative for giving them listening ears, he also saluted his colleagues who have traveled from across the 36 states of the federation to be at NASS headquarters Abuja.
The beneficiaries further protested across major streets in Abuja including the Federal Secretariat and the office of Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq who pretended not to be in the office while the presence of her official car suggested she was in the office.
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