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Don't Joke With Our March Stipends, N-Power Group Warns Minister

Outspoken N-Power volunteers' leadership group, G-111 for Permanency has urged the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management & Social Development, Sadiya Farouq to immediately release monthly stipends of N-Power beneficiaries to help them cushion the effects of the stay at home order of the government.

The group warned that any attempt to delay the payment of their March stipends will be met with severe consequences, including a massive protest and calls for the minister to resign.

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In a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary of G-111, Bolanle Abiodun and made available to CNR Nigeria, the group alerted N-Power beneficiaries nationwide to be action ready, adding that the struggle currently was for their survival.

While recalling that it has been one excuse and another since Ms Sadiya Farouq took over the affairs of N-Power, the group warned the Minister against delay of their March stipends.

"In view of the obvious difficulties occasioned by the stay at home order of the federal and state governments, it has become necessary to call on the honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management & Social Development to immediately release monthly stipends of N-Power beneficiaries for the month of March ending today.

We are constrained to make this call because of the unusual challenges the new coronavirus has posed. It is generally a very challenging time for people across the world and Nigerians and N-Power volunteers are no exception".

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G-111 for Permanency also noted that "the refusal of the federal government to release a stimulus package to help Nigerians alleviate the negative effects of forced stay at home order of the government has made things even worse for N-Power volunteers who depend on a meagre stipends which the government only pay whenever they like".

They therefore vow to embark on a protest and calls for resignation of the Ms Sadiya Farouq should they experience any form of delay in payment of their stipends.

"The honourable minister should be made to understand that we N-Power volunteers are not beggars. We are therefore prepared to launch a massive, unprecedented protest and calls for her resignation if our March stipends is delayed for whatever reason. This payment is for work done.

It therefore called on N-Power beneficiaries to adhere strictly to the stay at home order, adding that it was a sacrifice every one must make to curtail the spread of the deadly Covid-19.

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