Not fewer than 500.000 law-abiding Nigerian citizens had recently lost their jobs and sent back to the street to add up to the larger number of the unmanaged unemployed population in the country.
Just a few weeks ago 500.000 Npower beneficiaries which consist of the batch A & B were said to have been forcefully disengaged out of the program after being held unjudicial for over 4years in the scheme with the hope for permanency from the federal government which has been assured them permanency since the 2018 electoral campaign.
According to Emeka Ajike, one of the sacked beneficiaries of the scheme had said; “though the program was initially made clear in the beginning to last for just a period of 2years which was supposed to have elapsed in December 2018.”
He said, at the time when beneficiaries had laid off their mind from the program haven’t reached the date for proposed dis-engagement as contracted for, the federal government came up with a proposal for permanency if voted into Government for a second term.
With this, a new hope was assured as they took it upon them to ensure they win their units and ward for the APC lead Administration.
To him, he claimed the program made them participate in grassroots initiatives with full commitment and sacrifices.
From time to time the program kept optioning different permanency opportunities like the N-powers community police and the others .this made them believe in the reality of our permanency not until we were given a surprise dis-engagement without a warning as we have left many opportunities for this Npower program hoping it was a permanent job.
If the Government hasn’t brought up this program, we would have grown beyond this capitalist system where we worked for 4years yet has nothing to show of it.
Aliyu, a northern beneficiary in Rivers State said in port Harcourt, as a teacher he was forced to come to work all day as they were told it was a permanent job and today it’s really frustrating haven been sacked for his good services rendered.
Today we have above civil service age since we are now above 35 which means this program was just a distraction to our career life.
Another beneficiary whose name remains anonymous claimed he left the military when his name was published since the Npower was assured to be converted as the proposed community police.
According to him, this is the worst Government ever without mission or vision .according to him he has been seeing productive governance in other countries where opportunities were given to the citizens but here in Nigeria only criminals and lawbreakers get better opportunities.
In Nigeria Amnesty is granted to criminals after being taken abroad for months to lavish funds, they are still being paid for over 12years now without a stop.
The repented Boko Haram a granted jobs into the Nigerian military etc but here are law-abiding citizens who served the Government for 4yesrs are being abandoned like the criminals sentenced to suffer.
Many Nigerians went as far as getting married and now with children hoping the job was a lifetime job.
These youths have suddenly become another challenge the government has to make means for before it becomes an issue.
These are Nigerian youths, citizens, and law-abiding people and deserve the best.
These are the people the National Assembly should stand for as representatives.these youths deserves better and not be disengaged during a hard time like this.