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EXIT TENSION: N-Power Volunteers' Leaders to Meet Over Planned Exit of Volunteers

Leadership of 2016 batch A beneficiaries of the N-Power Volunteers Corps is set to convene a meeting of high powered delegation of permanency campaign groups and zonal representatives to evaluate recent developments in the programme.

The delegates are to deliberate on the recently revealed plan of the federal government to streamline the programme and exit the first batch of volunteers to create room for recruitment of fresh intakes into the scheme.

Spokesperson of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management & Social Development, Salisu Ma'inna Daubatta had few weeks ago announced plans by the government to disengage existing volunteers and recruit a new set into the scheme.

N-Power, one of the federal government National  Social Investment Programme (NSIP) is designed to empower graduates through on-the-job training to equip them with relevant skills and improve their employability.

The programme is originally designed to accommodate beneficiaries for a stated period of two years but the first batch of volunteers who were due for disengagement in November 2018 were allowed to continue for unspecified additional period.

Beneficiaries are paid a monthly stipend of 77 US Dollar.

According to information made available to CNR Nigeria, the groups will among other things discuss the planned exit and arrive at decision about what should be the unanimous position of N-Power beneficiaries about exit options which will be communicated to the federal government in a communiqué that will be released at the end of the meeting.

Confirming the development, National Publicity Secretary of G-111 for Permanency, Bolanle Abiodun told CNR Nigeria that the planned meeting is crucial as it will afford the delegates much needed opportunity to fashion out what would be the unanimous position and demands of the volunteers in respect of the planned exit.

"We are convening a crucial meeting of high powered delegates made up of N-Power beneficiaries zonal representatives and various permanency agitation groups to look into the pressing issue of planned exit of volunteers. All the five leading N-Power permanency campaign group will be there", she told CNR Nigeria.

She added that their position shall be transmitted to the federal government in a communiqué through the honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Farouq whose ministry oversees the affairs of N-Power.

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