It had earlier reported that 2016 N-Power leadership group will meet to evaluate the issues raised by a top N-Power official, Afolabi Imoukhuede regarding government position on their agitation to be converted into the permanent staff of federal civil service at the expiration of their two-year period in the scheme. The group who met at an undisclosed location in Lagos comprised of 3 representatives from each state of the federation and agreed to be known and addressed as 'G-111 for Permanency'.
In a communiqué issued at end of the one-day meeting in Lagos and signed by its President, Abdulwaheed Ahmed, its Publicity Secretary, Bolanle Abiodun, and National Secretary, Uchenna Ogaranya, the group said it had reviewed the position of the Federal Government on their agitation as represented by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation, Afolabi Imoukhuede during a recent Facebook live chat.
It said that though the programme was originally scheduled to accommodate beneficiaries for a stated period of two years, it has prepared and equip beneficiaries with relevant and useful skills as the most qualified people to fill the numerous vacant positions occasioned by increasingly inadequate staff in their respective PPAs.
"We are aware that the Federal Government N-Power programme has a defined period of time it can accommodate beneficiaries. However, it is our considered position that since beneficiaries have within their stay in the scheme learn enormous skills and competence to provide quality service in teaching, healthcare, and agriculture sectors, they have qualified to be absorbed into the system currently suffering from acute staff shortage.
"The Federal Government, under the able leadership of our amiable President Mohammadu Buhari and his Deputy, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo must pay deserving attention to our demand and act accordingly because if we lose, Nigeria and Nigerians lose; alternately, our conversion will mean great victory for both the APC-led Federal Government and the good people of Nigeria.
"For now, we are not interested in the proposed exit package as hinted by Mr. Afolabi Imoukhuede as it is not clear to us what the idea is all about. Exit Package in whatever form or guess, can only benefit us individually but Permanency will service Nigerians.
"We have no intention of taking any form of mass action against a government that have benefitted us so much. Our agitation remains peaceful and persuasive; and based on reason, facts and figures. "We enjoin our members in all the 36 States and the FCT to continue announcing it to all relevant authorities in the land, the very need to retain us in the federal civil service. We appreciate all who have been writing open letters to the relevant authorities as well as those who have been publishing well-written articles online. Our pillar is God Almighty and we shall give Him praise at last", the communiqué read.