By Mumini AbdulKareem
The Muslim Media Watch Group has advised the federal government not only to retain existing N-Power beneficiaries but to further absorbed additional number
In a statement by the group forwarded to this medium and signed by it National Coordinator, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, the group noted that “Unemployment of youths is one of the critical problems facing Nigeria adding that It is one of the factors responsible for poverty, insecurity, instability and criminalities being witnessed in the Country today.
The statement read in part:
The Report that beneficiaries of N-POWER scheme would be disengaged and fresh recruitment of new beneficiaries began over last weekend is not cheering news at all.
With the Nation battling with unemployment whereby 80% of the Nation’s Youth who in are millions are involved, engaging educated and skilled youths for 2 to 3 years in N-POWER only to be disengaged instead of being absorbed into the Public Service including Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA) is to say the least worrisome! One wonders what is happening to our annual budgetary provisions as Public officers retire annually with vacancies here and there yet employment facilities remain inaccessible.
The Muslim Media Watch Group therefore called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene and prevent the disengagement of current N-Power beneficiaries. Instead, those who acquired skills and ready to disengage on their own should allowed to go, while those still serving should be allowed to continue.
The President should also order for screening exercise to verify genuine volunteers who have not secured jobs to prevent fraud, whereby beneficiaries who have secured permanent jobs should be removed from the payroll and fresh volunteers engaged in the Scheme.
Dropping old beneficiaries will create more problems for the Nation. Nigerians had expected that with 500, 000 beneficiaries, the Federal Government would increase participants to 2 million before the end of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 as it was even made one of campaign issues for the second-coming of the President.”
By Mumini AbdulKareem