The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs has confirmed that it is working in collaboration with the Independent Commission on Corrupt Practices and Other Related Crimes, to ensure the successful determination of the investigation into allegations of fraud in the ‘N-Power’ social empowerment programme.
This is following the arrest of Oladipo Oyebanjo, popularly known as ‘D’Banj’ about the alleged fraud of N-Power by the ICPC on Tuesday.
In a statement on Wednesday, the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Nasir Sani-Gwarzod, noted that the Ministry had put in place a comprehensive mechanism for the selection of eligible beneficiaries from across the country and that this had been in place since the start of the programme.
He stressed that when the Ministry learned that there might have been sharp practices by some Payment Service Provider staff involved in payee payment processes, it immediately referred the matter to the CIPC for a thorough investigation.
Sani-Gwarzo noted that the Ministry had carried out a thorough hardening of its systems to eliminate all anomalies and prevent similar occurrences in the future.
The statement read: “The N-Power Program is a very successful component of the National Social Investment Program implemented by the Federal Government. It continued to deliver the desired impact through the onboarding of 1.5 million unemployed Nigerian youth (mostly graduates), providing skills development, targeted permanent employment and structured retirement across various careers; thus serving as a catalyst conveyor system for unemployed/underemployed Nigerian youth towards successful careers and a stimulus to the Nigerian economy.
The Ministry’s attention has been drawn to recent publications regarding ongoing investigations into allegations of fraud in the programme. We wish to affirm here the following;
The Ministry has implemented a comprehensive mechanism for the selection of eligible beneficiaries from across the country and this has been in place since the inception of the program. Working with our service provider, program beneficiaries are onboarded, trained, and deployed to pre-selected primary assignment locations.
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