The N-Power program has been indefinitely suspended by the Federal Government. The announcement was made by Betta Edu, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, during her appearance on a TVC news program on Saturday.
She stated that the decision was a result of certain irregularities within the program and that the government has initiated an investigation into the use of funds since the program’s inception.
The Minister also noted that some beneficiaries are not fulfilling their assignments but still expect monthly stipends. Additionally, she pointed out that some beneficiaries should have left the program in 2022 but remain on the payroll.
She said, “We must go back to look into N-Power and understand what the problems are so we will basically suspend the programe for now until we are done with proper investigation into the utilization of fund into the N-Power program.
“We want to know how many persons are basically on the program right now, how many persons are owed, amount they are owed. We are totally restructuring the N-Power and expanding it.
“There are lots going on. We met people who are supposed to have exited the program since last year and they are still on claiming that they are still teaching.
“Sometimes we contact the school or the places where they are working and they are not there. They are not working yet they keep claiming that they are being owed eight or nine months stipends.
“About 80 percent of them are not working yet they are claiming salaries”
The N-Power Program was initiated by the former President, Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, with the aim of tackling youth unemployment and contributing to social development.
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