Federal Government’s intention to empower unemployed Nigerian youths is beginning to be riddled with crisis, as recent development revealed traces of nepotism and favoritism marring the exercise.
News from Kaduna state said some of the volunteers embarked on protest against the handlers of the programme in the state over selective payment of salaries to some of the youths believed to be close to those in authority.
According to one of the aggrieved youths, Abubakar Aliyu, they were engaged in November 2017, and since their confirmation in August 2018, no salary had been paid to them, adding “some of them, who are close to the people in government were paid only for the month of November, leaving others helpless”.
Hitherto, he said the youths were tagged ‘lazy’, but now “we have been working and we have not been paid since August. Majority of us have family that depend on us, and instead of us to get money from the work we are doing, the reverse is the case, as many of us spend our money transporting ourselves to our point of duty, and no money was paid at the end of the month”.
While besieging the Kaduna Local Government Board to protest over the non-payment of five-month salary owed to them, Aliyu urged the Kaduna State Government to look into their plight and help them out of their current situation.
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