Some beneficiaries of the Npower scheme on Monday
morning protested at the Public Service Institute, Kubwa,
Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, over unpaid allowances.
The protesters are demanding payment of their outstanding
three months’ stipend and feeding allowances owed by the
management of the scheme.
Each beneficiary of the scheme is paid N42,000 feeding
allowance per month and N10,000 stipend for the same
According to one of the protesters, Micheal Bright, who
spoke with oniftv they have yet to be paid their
feeding allowance for December – a situation he says has
left many of them hungry and sick.
He said, “We are being treated as slaves here. It is like the
government brought us from different states to this camp in
Abuja to starve us to death.
“We have been enduring hunger since we got to this place,
we cannot take it anymore and that is why we protested
today. Something urgent has to be done.”
SaharaReporters learnt that activities at the institute were
paralysed on Monday as a result of the demonstration by the
aggrieved Npower beneficiaries.
Though an official, who later addressed them promised that
their allowances will be paid before the end of this week, the
protesters vowed to shun lecture rooms at the institute until
the matter was resolved.
Beneficiaries of Npower’s Batch C (Stream 1) from states in
the North-Central region of Nigeria are camped at the Public
Service Institute in Kubwa.
The present set resumed at the camp on November 3 and are
expected to vacate on December 20.
However, no communication on what will happen next after
that date had been relayed to the beneficiaries,
The Npower scheme is under the supervision of the Ministry
of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management.
Since its creation by President Muhammadu Buhari in June
2016 to address youth unemployment and help increase
social development in the country, the scheme has been
dogged by many scandals and has failed to live up to its