The North-Central Advocacy Coalition (NCAC), has urged the federal government to reinstate the N-Power program, which was abruptly halted, arguing that the suspension of the N-Power program will exacerbate the security challenges already prevalent in Northern Nigeria.
The group pointed out that the suspension of the program carries multiple negative implications for the country, particularly the North.
The NCAC noted that the federal government’s decision will have a detrimental effect on the program’s beneficiaries, who will now face increased competition in an already overcrowded job market.
In a statement shared with journalists in Abuja, on Wednesday, by the President General of the association, Ndagi Baba Toro, said: “The northern region, in particular, will be severely affected, as the program has played a significant role in reducing unemployment and poverty levels in this area.”
Toro explained that the program will not only provided employment opportunities but also served as a mechanism for social inclusion and empowerment for young people.
According to him, “Abruptly ending this beneficial scheme risks creating a pool of unemployed and frustrated youth who may become susceptible to extremist groups or engage in criminal activities.
“The suspension of the N-Power program will exacerbate security challenges in Northern Nigeria by creating a pool of unemployed and frustrated youth who may be susceptible to recruitment by extremist groups or engage in criminal activities.”
The program has not only provided employment opportunities but has also served as a means of social inclusion and empowerment for the youth.
“The government risks further destabilizing the troubled northern region and compromising national security.
“The decision to scrap the N-Power program appears to be hasty, ill-advised, and ill-timed. The government should have considered alternative solutions, phasing it out gradually to minimize the negative impact on beneficiaries.
“The sudden suspension without any clear alternative or transition plan demonstrates a lack of foresight and consideration for the welfare of the affected individuals,” the Group said.