The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Thursday approved the sum of N977.7 million for the N-Power segments – N-Creative and N-Tech training – to empower 3,500 beneficiaries in Northern and Southern Nigeria.
Concise News reports that the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, discloses this while briefing State House correspondents after the FEC meeting presided over by Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Udoma says the N-Creative and N-Tech training are part of the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP).
He lists the four thematic areas of the N-Creative training and their respective beneficiary distributions as script writing – 150 beneficiaries, graphic illustration – 375 beneficiaries, animation-750 beneficiaries and post-production – 225 beneficiaries.
“We submitted two memos to the council both on the National Social Investment Programme(NSIP).
“The first was for the award of consultancy service contract for the provision of training services and integrated supply of starter packs for N-Creative trainees in the Northern States of Nigeria under NSIP in the N652.3 million inclusive of five per cent VAT.
“Basically, the N-Creative training service is to be held in Abuja; it will be delivered to 1,500 beneficiaries with integrated starter packs distributed to trainees at end of that training.
“The second memo was again, under the NSIP.
“It was for the award of consultancy service contract for the provision of training services and integrated supply of starter packs for the N-Tech Software trainees in Southern Nigeria under the NSIP in the sum of N325.4 million.
“It is software training service; the N-Tech will have 2,000 beneficiaries,’’ he says.
The Federal Government’s N-Power scheme currently engages no fewer than 500,000 youth graduates deployed to provide public health services in teaching, health, agriculture and tax and monitoring.
It also engages another 200,000 non-graduates in training or on attachment to organisations as interns.
This online news medium obtained a letter from the Office of The State Focal Person, National Social Investment Programme (N-SIP), Zamfara State Social Investment Office, Gusau N-Power Programme. Part of it reads:
“Sequel to the directive given by the Federal Government through the office of the National Social Investment Programme (N-SIP), all 2016 N-Power beneficiaries are to undergo headcount and verification Nationwide.
“Similarly, all the 2016 N-Power Beneficiaries must come along with the following:
1. Clearance letter from their Place of Primary Assignment (PPA).
2. PPA time-book.
3. Posting Letter.
4. Head of PPA Letter to be attached with the clearance alongside the PPA Address.
Note that any beneficiary who fails to come along with these items would not be entertained…”
See announcement below:
From what we know, date of verification or reverification as the case may be, vary from state to state. Concise News understands that the headcount is a means to weed out absconding/ghost beneficiaries.
Concise News reports that the President assented to the Act barely three weeks after he received the report of the Presidential Technical Advisory Committee on the Implementation of the National Minimum Wage (PTAC).
The report was presented to the President on March 25, 2019, by the chairman of the committee and economist, Bismarck Rewane.
The speculation of proposed increment of stipends of the volunteers claims the decision of the Federal Government follows wide consultations by the agencies overseeing youth development.
The talk states that N-Power beneficiaries will start to receive N50,000, while members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) will have their N19, 800 upped to N35,000.
Concise News took some time to verify this report and here is our verdict, based on available facts.
What we know is that there has not been any official statement from the Federal Government on an increment of any sort of N-Power beneficiaries stipends.
There is every possibility the Federal Government raise the stipends, however, as things stand, N30, 000 is still the remuneration.
Hence, the claim that N-Power has increased beneficiaries’ stipends is false!