The Nigerian government has freed over 2,000 workers of one of its National Social Investment Programme (NSIP), N-Power.
Justice Bibiye, the NSIP spokesman announced the beneficiaries were fired for absconding duties at their places of primary assignment (PPA) for a very long time.
N-Power was launched in 2016 by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration “to imbibe the entrepreneurship culture in the youths between the age of between 18 and 35 — both graduates and non-graduates”.
An estimated 500,000 youths across Nigeria are presently involved in the scheme, providing services in the country’s education, health, agriculture sectors, and local government offices with a monthly N30,000 allowance.
Bibiye declared that N-Power is not a charity programme, thus everyone accepted under the scheme is expected to justify the benefits and rules of engagement through diligence, hard work, and commitment to appointed duties.
“The public and the media would only be supporting the efforts of the administration to reduce unemployment, by reporting the relatively few indolent, erring volunteers who were lucky to have been selected to serve under such a programme,” Bibire said.