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Npower stipends delay, beneficiaries attack Minister on Twitter

About 10,000 npower beneficiaries took to Twitter to complain about the latest news from npower stipends yesterday.

The Sallah congratulatory message on the occasion of the 2020 Eid-El-Kabir celebration did not go well with npower beneficiaries who are employed by the scheme under its Batch A and B, while the process of recruiting another 400,000 Nigerians as Batch C beneficiaries of the scheme is ongoing.

Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development on Friday, took to her social media page to issue a prayer for a happy Sallah celebration and urged Nigerians to remain safe.

Sadiya Umar Farouq, in a statement issued last week disclosed her week in review, without discussing the payment of npower stipends.


On Monday, July 20, 2020 I received in audience HE Governor Muhammed Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe state, during which I thanked him for the state’s support and commitment in the facilitation of our humanitarian activities

I also sought his support in facilitating proactive and necessary mitigating measures in addressing flood preparedness as the rains intensify.

I also received the Honourable Minister of State for Mines and Steels Development, Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah at the ministry. My brother minister and I deliberated on and explored areas of mutual collaboration between our ministries.

On Wednesday July 23, 2020, I attended the virtual Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari during which urgent issues of the state were deliberated upon.

On Thursday, July 23, 2020, I joined other eminent Nigerians as well as officers and men of the Nigerian Airforce in bidding farewell to a gallant officer and exemplary youth, Flying Officer Tolulope Article. We pray that her soul will rest in peace.

I was deeply saddened by the news of the five aid workers executed by Boko Haram in Borno state. I join the world in condemning the violent actions of these insurgents which impede the work of humanitarian actors who provide much-needed interventions in the zone.

The attacks, abductions and executions
are also inimical to the Federal Government’s ongoing efforts to bring peace to the North East. We pray that Almighty Allah grants them Al Jannah Firdaus.

I received news of a protest at the National Assembly by N-Power Batch A and B beneficiaries who presented a list of demands which we are reviewing and will address as practically possible.

Let me reiterate that the exiting of Batch A and B is not punitive but as a means of providing an opportunity for their brothers and sisters to also access the programme. Batch A and B beneficiaries remain our pride and worthy ambassadors.

One month after the portal opened for Batch C applications we are happy to announce that we have received over 5m applications underlining enthusiasm for the programme.

In a bid to extend the opportunity to all Nigerians and ensure it is truly inclusive. The portal will close at midnight on August 8th, 2020

In previous week review, The minister wrote:

On Friday July 3rd I held a virtual meeting with some of the outgoing Npower beneficiaries where I thanked them for their service to the nation while explaining the rationale behind the enrolment of Batch C. They thanked the His Excellency President Muhammad Buhari for the opportunity.

It has been a week since the @Npower registration portal opened to facilitate Batch C enrolment, over 3m young & eligible Nigerians have applied underlining the imperative of the programme.

Meanwhile, I was pleased to inform the participants during our virtual meeting that over 109,000 N-Power beneficiaries have become business owners & employers of labour since the programme was established in 2016 thereby boosting the economy & GDP.

On Friday July 3rd, Perm Sec Jalal Arabi joined me in welcoming the #naptipnigeria board. They paid a courtesy visit to the ministry I thanked the Director General for her untiring effort to help the vulnerable.

I also expressed my concern in the face of the rape pandemic ravaging Nigeria. I acknowledged #naptipnigeria efforts to name and shame offenders and also thanked the Governors forum for declaring an emergency on rape. But we need to do more. We need political will to do more

I also attended the virtual board meeting of the One UN Covid-19 Basket fund on the on-going multi-sectoral efforts of the Presidential Task Force which is leading the FG’s COVID-19 response. We had fruitful deliberations.

I noted that the Covid-19 pandemic has recalibrated our world & the work we do in fundamentally disruptive ways. It has also taken a huge toll on us – health, economic but above all humanitarian.

I believe that as devastating as it has been it provides us an opportunity to build stronger resilience for humanitarian crises & evolve sustainable social protection measures

I was in kogi state on Thursday July 2nd alongside HM of Agriculture and Rural Development Sabo Nanono and DG #nemanigeria
AVM Muhammed Alhaji Muhammed (Rtd.) We paid a courtesy call on HE Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State to brief him formally on our mission to his state.

We were in the state to flag off fertilizer etc distribution to farmers affected by the 2018 flood disaster and to initiate flood mitigation advocacy following the release of its annual flood predictions by #nimetnigeria as part of our early warning protocol.

On Wednesday,July 1, joined HE President Muhammad Buhari and other council members for the weekly virtual Federal Executive Council meeting.

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