On Monday morning, several Npower beneficiaries demonstrated at the Public Service Institute in Kubwa, Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, seeking unpaid allowances.
The demonstrators are asking that the scheme’s management pay them their unpaid three-month stipend and feeding allowances.
Each scheme beneficiary receives a monthly feeding allowance of N42,000 and a monthly stipend of N10,000.
According to one of the demonstrators, they have not yet received their December feeding allowance, which he claims 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.”
The institute’s operations were said to have been halted on Monday as a result of the protest.
Despite assurances from an official who spoke to them later that their allowances would be paid by the end of the week, the protesters threatened to boycott the institute’s lecture halls until the issue was handled.
Beneficiaries of Npower’s Batch C (Stream 1) from states in Nigeria’s north-central region are camped at the Kubwa Public Service Institute.
The current group arrived in the camp on November 3 and will leave on December 20.
The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management are in charge of the Npower program.