Transition and Exit Package Allegedly Discussed as a Dissenting Voice Denied Calling for Npower Protest
By Chukwuemerie Anyene
The high hopes of the 500,000 exited Npower volunteers, dashed for months, appeared to be raised on 12th November, as Kabiru Aliyu Pelemi, who introduced himself as the National President of Npower volunteers and spoke on behalf of the 36-state representatives of N-Power volunteers and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), stated that “the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and the Federal Executive Council (FEC) are currently discussing our transition mode.”
He disclosed this in a statement which was sighted by OrientDaily online platform. Pelemi called on the exited volunteers of the social investment to disregard any call for protests over their delayed transition.
Recall that the 500,000 ‘yet-to-be-transited’ Npower volunteers were laid off since June and July, after investing a lot in the country, without any exit package or permanency, as repeated many times by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sa’adiya Umar Farouq.
The Federal Government had, for the past four months, stopped their stipends, with the promise to transit them into MDAs, but up till now, everything still turned out to be a failed promise.
The exited Npower volunteers are, for a very long time, in the dark regarding their exit and transition package.
The news of Npower planned nationwide protest slated for Thursday, the 12th day of November at the National Assembly Complex Abuja over permanency and exit package, surfaced online on 11th November, at a time when various government agencies had restricted anybody above 35 years, to get benefits such as employment, grant or loan. But in what appeared as a surprise, Pelemi came out to deny the planned protest.
His statement reads:
“It came to my notice, the report of fake protest, purportedly slated to hold tomorrow (Thursday) at Abuja, using my name as the convener of the protest,” the statement by the 36 States and FCT N-Power Representatives’ Forum read.
“I wish to categorically state that the 36 States and FCT Npower Volunteers Representatives did not issue such directive. Neither did we secure any permit from the Nigerian Police.
“Please, as you could see recently on media, the governors’ forum in conjunction with the Federal Executive Council (FEC) is currently discussing our transition mode.”
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He further reiterated:
“Few of our representatives equally engaged with the Permanent Secretary (PS), Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development, yesterday (Tuesday) on how to fast-track the transition process.
“Please, disregard any purported call for protest for now. It is just media propaganda.
“Let’s give the government the benefits of a few more weeks with rigorous engagement, after which you shall hear from us.
“Stay safe. Aluta Continua, Victoria Ascerta.”