Not less than 2,525 beneficiaries of N-Power have been disengaged from the Federal Government’s programme. Justice Bibiye, the spokesman of the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP), who made this disclosure, said the beneficiaries were sacked for absconding from their places of primary assignment (PPA) for a long time.

“Instances have compelled the need for continued action against those who are seen to be undermining the smooth implementation of a well-thought-out Federal Government social intervention initiative.”

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Expressing his dissatisfaction on how some beneficiaries abused the programme, Bibiye made known that the N-Power is not a charity programme, thus everyone captured under the scheme is expected to adhere to the rules of engagement through diligence, hard work, and commitment to designated duties.

Nairametrics understands that the disengagement of the affected beneficiaries is the first major sanction imposed by the Federal Government since the programme was launched.

While enjoining members of the public to report cases of absenteeism, Bibiye warned that similar acts of dereliction of duty, indolence, absenteeism, and indiscipline on the part of the beneficiaries would continue to attract sanction.

According to him, to effect serious sanctions on beneficiaries who fail to comply with the working standard, the government has increased the number of monitoring partners for supervision and monitoring of all components of the NSIPs for effective and efficient service delivery.

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What you should know: In order to accelerate entrepreneurship culture among the Nigerian youths aged 18 to 35, President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, had in 2016 introduced the N-Power scheme to support both graduates and non-graduates alike.

An estimated 500,000 youths across the country are currently engaged in the scheme, providing services in the country’s education, health, agriculture sectors and local government offices with a monthly stipend of N30,000.

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