- The federal government has no ongoing plan to employ batch A beneficiaries of the N-Power programme into the civil service
- This position was put forward by the public relations department of the humanitarian ministry
- The ministry urged the public to dismiss reports misleading Nigerians into believing otherwise
The federal government has reacted to claims that President Muhammadu Buhari is planning to absorb outgoing beneficiaries of the N-Power scheme into the civil service.
In her submission on Saturday, June 6, the deputy director of information in the ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Rhoda Iliya, described such reports as nothing but fake news, Premium Times reports.
Iliya made it clear that any official information from the ministry concerning the scheme or any of its National Social Investment Programmes (NSIP) would be disseminated through verified means.
She, therefore called on Nigerians to disregard the claims and take it as mere rumour.
Iliya said: “The attention of the federal ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, has been drawn to the fake news trending on social media that President Muhammadu Buhari will on June 12 broadcast to the nation the absorption of N-Power Batch A Volunteers into the federal civil service.
“The ministry is hereby calling on the public to disregard the message and consider it as fake news."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that some beneficiaries of the programme who had either been put on hold or forcefully exited might soon be reinstated as the federal government had begun the compilation of the list of the affected volunteers.
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Osun state, Ibrahim Akinola, reported that the new development was not unconnected with the outcome of the report of the humanitarian committee set up by the House of Representatives led by Oluwarotimi Agunsoye to probe the allegations of funds mismanagement, forceful exiting of the volunteers and incessant delay in the payment of their monthly stipends.
Legit.ng authoritatively gathered from a reliable source in the committee that it would soon start inviting some of the affected volunteers to come and present their own side of the story.
"Yes, we may invite some of the affected beneficiaries to come and say one or two things as regards the issues. You see, they alleged that they received complaints from their states that those beneficiaries did not go to work. We are very ready to dig deeper to unravel the whole issues to ascertain the culpability or otherwise of the parties involved." the source said.
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