CONFUSION AS FG’S N-POWER PROGRAMME FAILS TO TAKE OFF

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The federal government’s N-Power programme could not start in earnest yesterday, as posting had not been done in most of the states.
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Confusion reigned in Katsina State, mainly as a result of irregular placement.

Daily Trust learnt that most beneficiaries, especially those posted to the health sector, were yet to get their posting letters to enable them commence work.

Those that commenced were those with teaching jobs while several others were still yet to be notified of their places of work. Those posted to the agricultural sector were asked to report to Dutsinma for another screening and subsequent posting.

A beneficiary, Abubakar Kusada, said, “Most of us are still struggling to properly commence the exercise. We are just loitering around. Several of us, like myself were misplaced during the scheme. For instance, I read English/ Education and was supposed to be posted to teach but was sent to the health sector.”

In Jigawa State, the supposed beneficiaries were still being screened. So, it would be a while before the 3,253  beneficiaries posted there would know if they would participate in the programme in the first place.

The State Coordinator of the programme, Bala Chamo who spoke to our correspondent on phone yesterday, said, “The beneficiaries are still undergoing screening. By Monday they will be posted to their respective places of work.”

The issues surrounding the take-off of the project in Rivers State were unclear, as there was no official statement from the Rivers State government. The state Commissioner for Information, Dr Austin Tam George, had said on Wednesday that he did not have any information about the empowerment scheme.

The programme similarly did not commence in Imo State. The state commissioner for Information, Youths and Public Utilities Engr. Obinna Nshirim said Imo State had not started its own project.

In Kogi State, Governor Yahaya Bello yesterday flagged off the program for the 4,521 beneficiaries in the state, but screening was yet to be done.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Multilateral, Donor Agencies and Special Projects/ Focal Person on Social Investment Program, Mr Adoga Ibrahim, who spoke on the occasion, said physical verification and deployment of beneficiaries to their various places of assignment would begin from next week at the various local government areas and warned that those who submitted fake credentials online during the selection process would be weeded out during the physical verification exercise.

Screening was yet to be done in Kano too. The state Commissioner of Information, Malam Muhammadu Garba, said the Kano state committee on N-Power programme chaired by the Secretary to State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji would screen the about 5000 beneficiaries of the state.

In Kwara State where over 5,000 graduates and non-graduates were included in the programme, they were still being asked yesterday to visit state ministries corresponding to where their specialties were, including agriculture, health and education, where they would be deployed to their various places of work.

In Kaduna, however, the programme kicked off with the release of the postings of the beneficiaries.

The beneficiaries were posted to the 23 local governments of the state mostly to work as teachers.

An official handling the exercise told our correspondents that the postings would continue till Sunday, saying the government expected that by Monday, all beneficiaries would have resumed at their duty posts.