- FG said that N-Power beneficiaries would be exited before the end of the year 2020
- The revelation was made by the minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Sadiya Farouq, during an interview with the press
- Farouq said the first batch of the programme was supposed to have been exited in 2018
Except the miracle happens, the beneficiaries of the federal government youth empowerment programme, N-Power, would have their employment terminated at the end of this year.
Legit.ng reports that the minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Sadiya Farouq, made a stunning revelation in a video by Daily Trust that the federal government would exit the beneficiaries before the year runs out.
The minister said that the federal government said from the outset that the programme would be run for two years, adding that all the beneficiaries were aware that their services would not be needed again after two years.
She added that the programme was put in place to support our teeming unemployed youth, especially the graduates, saying that the first batch was supposed to have been exited at the end of the year 2018.
Farouq also noted that the wise among the beneficiaries must have saved from their monthly stipends to cater for the future.
She said: "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.
"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."
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.
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"For us as a ministry, we are looking at all options as for the planned exit. We are not going to exit them and leave them to their fate. We have options and we are exploring these options with critical stakeholders to see how we can have a futuristic exit for these people so that they can have something to fall back to go and continue with their lives. We hope that before the end of this year, we should come up with a concrete exit plan for them," Farouq said.
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