In 2018, when the two-year period of the engagement of N-Power volunteers was coming to an end, there was a report that 2016 beneficiaries of the scheme will storm the Nigerian National Assembly with a bill seeking permanency into regular civil service.
Concise News reports that however, the Federal Government of Nigeria asked the pioneer beneficiaries to continue working while they earn, even as they were not told details of the enhanced N-Power scheme.
According to Afolabi Imoukhuede, the senior special assistant to president Muhammadu Buhari on job creation and youth employment in December 2017, the extension, ultimately, is in the best interest of the beneficiaries.
“The purpose for which we designed the programme was to enhance their transition and since those for whom we designed it still have issues, we need to tidy up all loose ends which is what the enhancement intends to achieve,” he said on OSRC TV in Akure, Ondo State.
Checks by this online news medium reveal that the 9th National Assembly are not deliberating on any ‘N-Power Permanency Bill’.
Volunteers should stop clamouring about npower cos vice president yemi osibanjo and PMB know what they are doing. They should pass npower into bill for permanency before their tenure expire.
— imoletoba femi (@ImoletobaF) June 5, 2019
We r moving on to permanency since this empowerment has been institutionalized now in d ministry of humanitarian affairs
— Sir John (@JohnElue) October 1, 2019
Our permanency please 2016 batch
— Mohammed Ibrahim (@Mohamme75719741) March 8, 2019
While existing beneficiaries volunteers occupy the social media to continuously raise arguments on the need to grant them permanent status in the civil service, Concise News cannot independently verify if there is any ongoing legislative support towards the actualization of permanency for either or both of the 2016 and 2017 beneficiaries.