By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Some applicants of the Federal Government’s N-POWER programme stormed premises of the Lagos State House of Assembly in Ikeja on Wednesday in protest against non-commencement of the scheme in the state.
The aggrieved demonstrated said they have been frustrated by the state government’s silence on the issue despite various calls to them to intervene in the matter.
The applicants said they do not know their fate at the moment, pointing out that their other colleagues in other states have already started enjoying the programme.
The FG had fixed December 1, 2016 for the kick-off of the programme across the country and beneficiaries are expected to be paid N30,000 monthly for two years.
Though the Federal Government is responsible for choosing beneficiaries, mainly university graduates, but the state has the power to deploy the applicants to their places of assignment in their local governments, where they would work as teachers or agric extension workers.
The N-POWER scheme was formed to reduce employment in the country.
Addressing the protesters, Chairman of the House Committee on Information and Strategy, Mr Tunde Braimoh, expressed disappointment at the non-commencement of the programme in Lagos State.
He described the development as “appalling, embarrassing and flabbergasting.”
“The Federal Government thought it fit to ameliorate the suffering of unemployed by introducing this programme. It is bad that some people stalled its commencement in the state.
“It is bad, we should do the needful by intervening, we need to even probe what is going on with the scheme,” the lawmaker said.
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