Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Job Creation, Barrister Isma’eel Ahmad has dropped a hint that might not be very good news for 2016 beneficiaries of N-power. The basic news is that they will be disengaged in 2020 yet no clear plan is in place to ensure they don’t go back to the streets, as recently promised by Sadiya Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.
There is a video interview of Barrister Ahmad, which was conducted by Legit in Hausa language where he clearly stated that the 2019 beneficiaries are getting kicked out in 2020 without mentioning clear soft landing for them. The video has gone viral on social media.
The interview might be of interest to N-Power 2016 beneficiaries, so watch the video to prepare their minds on what is coming. Below is the embedded video in Hausa and English transcribed Interview with Barrister Isma’eel Ahmad (Senior Special Assistant to president on Job creation), Concerning the N-POWER 2016 beneficiaries fate on the programme.
JOURNALIST:- What is the fate of these young N-power beneficiaries ?
SSA :- Paradise God grace !
JOURNALIST:– Their fate here in the world.
SSA:– We already told them since the inception of the programme that it is two (2)years programme . So, we wanted them to be saving. Let me tell you something that will surprise you. We made a survey and contacted them. Almost 60% of them now have their own businesses, they started their own enterprise.
SSA:- So, we will Disengage them first, then we will pick another ones. As we budgeted in year 2020 budget we will recruit another N-power batch. But this is impossible unless the pioneer (2016) beneficiaries exited then we can bring new ones. So their fate is that we hope they will be self reliant by then and some of them could have secured a job God grace. We don’t want any one of them to consistently rely on # 30,000 for life. We want them to go beyond that, to progress and some of them already employed God grace.
JOURNALIST:- When the new recruitment to commence ?
SSA :- Next year 2020.
JOURNALIST:- The date specifically sir.
SSA:- We will not specify the date until money is released. But we will do it in time.
Watch interview here;