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FG Speaks On N-power Exit, Unpaid Stipend

The presidential spokeman made it clear on the position of government to the exited volunteers, in his precise words, "there is no going back, disengaged volunteers are already exited"

The Federal government on Thursday, August 6, has spoken about the exit of N-Power beneficiaries (batch A and B) as announced by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Investment, Sadiya Umar Farouq.

The FG made it clear that all exited N-power volunteers will be paid not later than next week.

The Special Adviser to the President Muhammadu Buhari, on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said this on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Thursday.

The presidential spokeman made it clear on the position of government to the exited volunteers, in his precise words, “there is no going back, disengaged volunteers are already exited”

The government cannot continue to pay 500,000 volunteers for life, others will be given the same opportunities.

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“He disclosed that the batch C registration has shown that, more Nigerians are willing to have skills, as shown by the numbers of applications received.

Before the end of next week, all volunteers would have been paid, we have strategized and modified means to pay all the Exited volunteers without flagging of account, the presidential adviser added.

The president’s spokesman said the issues the protesters were demonstrating about such as insecurity, corruption, poverty, and rights abuse were not peculiar to Nigeria and so the protests were misguided.

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He said the N-Power programme, which gives unemployed youths temporary jobs and monthly stipends was one of the ways the government was addressing joblessness.

Adesina added that the President recognizes the problems but they cannot be addressed in one fell swoop.

When asked if the clampdown on protests would continue Adesina noted that the government will do whatever is right, whatever is required to maintain peace in the country”

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Victor Akande

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