N-Power beneficiaries under the Federal Government’s Social Investment Programme (SIP) on Thursday, February 20, have threatened to embark on a nationwide strike over the non-payment of January stipend.
The threat was issued by Beneficiaries of the N-Power teaching scheme via a statement on Thursday.
They expressed disappointment at the way the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, under Sadiya Farouq was handling issues concerning their payments insisting that these delays were never experienced when the scheme was under the office of Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.
Bittertruth Media recalls that there was a serious delay in payments in October 2019 when beneficiaries were not paid for three months.
The renewed delays are coming amidst attempts by the Minister to stop some of the programmes under the scheme.
The takeover of the social investment programmes by her Ministry has also affected the school feeding programme as funds for the vendors haven’t been paid too.
Angered by the incessant delays in paying their stipends, the beneficiaries under National Association Of N-power Volunteers said that they would no longer hesitate to embark on a strike action if their allowances were not paid.
They also called for the immediate resignation of Farouq over the delay in salary payment since she took over the scheme.
“We believe that Hajia Farouq has a selfish agenda to sabotage the effort of the Federal Government to eliminate unemployment as she had continually held on to public money without reasons.
“We are hereby calling on the minister to as a matter of urgency give us reasons why she has deliberately refused to pay volunteers who have exhausted their time, energy and resources offering voluntary service to the Federal Government.
“She should also give volunteers a reason why she was still holding to that position she currently occupies knowing fully well that she is incapacitated in running this all important office as the lives of many Nigerian youth solely depends on this stipend that she had continued to deny them promptly.
“To this end, we shall embark on a peaceful protest both physical and online to demand her resignation, prompt payment of stipend”.