SENATE PRESIDENT DENIES RECEIVING N-POWER JOB SLOTS
Ahmed Lawan, Senate President, has refuted reports that said he was given N-Power recruitment slots by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management.
An online medium had earlier reported that some lawmakers including the Senate President and other politicians across the country were allocated about 50,000 N-Power recruitment slots.
The news media also published the photos of the slots claimed to have been received by the lawmakers.
Some of which carried names of President of the National Assembly, Ahmad Lawan; Senator Abdul Ningi; and Speaker of Bauchi State House of Assembly, Abubakar Y Suleiman.
In response to this, Lawan, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ola Awoniyi, said he has nothing to do with the purported job slots.
“The attention of the Office of the Senate President has been drawn to a publication on the Sahara Reporters portal purporting that the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management allocated N-Power recruitment slots to the Senate President and other lawmakers
“We hereby advise members of the public to totally disregard the fake and malicious publication in its entirety as regards the Senate President.
“It should be noted that the fairy tale only blandly and obliquely claimed that some lawmakers printed out application forms from the portal of the scheme but failed to provide any evidence that this was to fill its speculated allocated slots.
“We wish to stress that neither the Senate President nor this office has anything to do with the purported slots mischievously credited by the publication to the Senate President,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government social investment scheme, N-Power opened its application portal for registration of the June 2020 Batch C, on Friday, June 27.
The programme, which is aimed at mitigating unemployment in Nigeria, has trained over 500,000 beneficiaries, according to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Sadiya Farouq.
The N-Power scheme was inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2016 under the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP).
The program has enrolled 500,000 beneficiaries so far with 200,000 from ‘Batch A’ which started in September 2016 and 300,000 from ‘Batch B’, which kicked off in August 2018.