In a shocking turn of events, the N-Power program, aimed at empowering Nigerian youth, faces a significant setback as the Federal Government suspends the entire initiative under the National Social Investment Program (NSIP). The suspension comes in the wake of alleged misappropriation of funds and fraud within the program.
Suspension Details and Backlog Payment Delays:
The promising start to 2024, with hopes for the continuation of the N-Power program, has been abruptly halted. The suspension includes the NSIP and the N-Power program, leaving beneficiaries concerned. The planned renewal of the Hope N-Power program and the clearing of an 8-month backlog payment to beneficiaries now face substantial delays.
Dr. Betta Edu and Hajiya Halima Shehu, key figures in the N-Power program, have been suspended for alleged fraud. The suspension has not only affected the program’s management but also slowed down activities, including the resolution of the backlog payment issue.
Minister’s Suspension Impact:
The suspension of Dr. Betta Edu, Minister for the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, has raised questions about the future of the program. Her proactive leadership had contributed to recent achievements, such as the payment of a one-month N-Power backlog. Some beneficiaries advocate for giving her a second chance to rectify any mistakes.
Fake N-Power Recruitment Alert:
Amidst the program suspension, reports of a fake N-Power recruitment portal circulating online have surfaced. The Federal Government warns potential applicants against falling victim to deceptive schemes that require payment for recruitment. It is emphasized that N-Power is not currently recruiting, and any such claims should be treated as fraudulent.
Renewed Hope Job Creation Program (RHJCP) Recruitment Plans:
While the N-Power program faces a temporary suspension, the government has announced plans to recruit 5 million youths over five years into the renewed Hope Job Creation Program (RHJCP). However, the recruitment process has not yet commenced. Prospective N-Power applicants are urged to remain vigilant against fake recruitment links that scammers may deploy to extract vital information.
Future Prospects and Communication Channels:
Despite rumors suggesting a soon-to-be-announced 2024 N-Power recruitment, official channels have not confirmed any such plans. The N-Power management assures the public that communication regarding recruitment will be made through their official channels, urging potential applicants to stay informed and avoid falling for misleading information.
As the N-Power program faces challenges, beneficiaries and the public await further updates on the resolution of the alleged fraud and the program’s future under the ongoing investigation led by President Tinubu.
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