The hope of the beneficiaries of N-Power 2016 batch of getting federal jobs has come to an end as President Muhammadu Buhari finally said there’s no provision to absorb them into the Federal Civil Service.
The social media was on Tuesday filled with news that the Federal Government planned to absorb pioneer volunteers of the N-power scheme into its civil service.
A total of 200, 000 beneficiaries were employed in 2016 for a period of 2-year.
Speaking on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, his Senior Special Assistant on Job creation and Youth Empowerment Mr Afolabi Imoukhuede said that the Federal Government is working on other alternatives which would be beneficial to the volunteers.
He debunked the insinuation that President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressive Congress (APC) was planning to absorb the N-Power 2016 batch into the civil service.
“To the best of my knowledge, I am not aware of this news, when I read it, they were quoting Mr President and I am not aware of any meeting where Mr President made such statement.
“I am not aware of the practicality of such news, what I know was that the pioneer members will not exit the programme as earlier schedule,’’ he said
Imoukhuede said that the pioneer members, who were to exit the programme in November 2018, would continue to earn their pay while they continue their work.
Imoukhuede said the government was trying to ensure a greater enhancement for economic opportunities for the pioneer members of the scheme.
Recalled InfomediaNG told you a few weeks back that FG was planning to migrate the 2016 batch into what has been described as N-Power enhancement.
The Senior Special Assistant said the scheme was in talks with some state governors and other agencies on ways to absorb them into the civil service in their respective states.
Imoukhuede said the scheme was also speaking with the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammed Bello, on absorbing the volunteers into its civil service.
Imoukhuede also noted that some of the volunteers had contributed immensely to the school where they were attached in the FCT and promised that they would not be abandoned.
“Some of these volunteers have gotten used to the teaching methodology, and they are used to the system, and you know some of these schools also lack teachers.
“In some of these schools, you only find the head teacher and the Vice, the other teachers you find are N-power and corps members,” he said.
While the news of absorbing the 2016 batch was trending on social media, some of them are also sceptical about their fate as they’re yet to receive their March salary at the time of filing this report.