N-Power Programme Triggers Protest In Nasarawa
They marched for over 5 kilometres from the Lafia branch of the United Bank for Africa to the Government House in Nasarawa State capital not for physical exercise but in protest of the non-payment of a stipend that the government had promised them under the Federal Government N-power programme.
The protesters claim they have not received their stipends for the past 5 months.
With placards and leaves, they marched, demanding that they should be paid.
A spokesman for the group, Abdulkareem Isiaka, said most of their members have not been paid since the programme started 5 months ago.
So, they intend to draw the attention of the concerned authority to come to their aid by ensuring that they get their money as and when due.
“All those who are yet to be paid have already reported to their respective places of primary assignment.
“We have reported to the authority at the various local government areas, yet nothing was done about it hence the need for the protest.
“Maybe they are not reporting the case to the appropriate authority, but with this protest, now the authority will be aware that something like this is going on,” he said
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the protesters were accompanied by security agencies while no government official came out to address them.