Why FG Suspended N-Power Programme | READ DETAILS
The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced the indefinite suspension of the N-Power programme.
The suspension of the N-Power programme was announced on Saturday, by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu.
According to Edu, the suspension is to give room for investigation into the enrollment of beneficiaries and disbursement of funds following suspected irregularities.
In her words;
“We must go back to look into N-Power and understand what the problems are; so we will basically suspend the programme for now until we are done with proper investigation into the utilisation of funds by the N-Power programme.
“We want to know how many people are basically on the programme right now; how many people are owed and the amount they are owed. We are totally restructuring N-Power and expanding it.
“There are lots going on. We met people who were supposed to have exited the programme since last year and they are still claiming that they are teaching.
“Sometimes, we contact the schools 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 per cent of them are not working, yet they are claiming salaries.”
The N-Power programme was established by the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari in 2016, to address youth unemployment as beneficiaries were paid N30,000 monthly stipend.