The recruitment for N-Power, which commenced earlier during the week has been plagued by a lot of shortcomings. From the criterion, to the site traffic to the number of applicants. All these, evidently due to the growing number of unemployed people in the country.
The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, a Ministry headed by Sadiya Umar Farouq which is incharge of the scheme introduced by H.E. President Muhammadu Buhari as part of the schemes in the National Social Investments Programme(NSIP) to address the challenges of youth unemployment, by providing a comprehensive structure for large scale and relevant skills acquisition and development has been said to have given slots to Nigerian lawmakers in the ongoing N-Power recruitment.
The scheme has been embroiled in irregularities following the commencement of the second tenure of the President when the ministry was created to handle the programme. The ministry had announced that its registration portal will be opened for registration, out of which 400,000 beneficiaries will be taken from the application pool.
However, reports gathered shows that the ministry has allocated about 50,000 of the said 400,000 slots to federal lawmakers and other politicians across the country.
As the portal for the registration opened, it was gathered that the lawmakers printed registration forms of N-Power, which they shared among their lackeys.
This would not only thwart the vision for the creation of the scheme but also deny ordinary Nigerians the opportunity to partake in the scheme.
Some of the lawmakers, who received slots under the corrupt scheme include President of the National Assembly, Ahmad Lawan; Senator Abdul Ningi; and Speaker of Bauchi State House of Assembly, Abubakar Y Suleiman.
The lawmakers had in April piled pressure on the minister, Sadiya Farouq, to give room for their intervention in the NSIP. Now, the lawmakers finally have their way to benefit from the conditional cash transfers in the country as well as other schemes under Farouq after a meeting with her.
As usual, government officials win over the citizens of the federation, increasing the unemployment rate they are appointed to reduce thereby creating a myriad of problems, including increasing crime rate as a result.
It is advisable that whoever hasn’t registered yet should hold on a bit to let information disseminate before plunging headfirst into the scheme. Also, kindly follow our social media platforms and join our WhatsApp TV channel that provides you with timely updates on our blog and other services to keep you updated.