Newslens NG reports that N-Power program which was launched by Former President Muhammadu Buhari to address the issue of youth unemployment has been suspended indefinitely by the Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led federal government.
But speaking in an interview on TVC News on Saturday, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation Betta Edu announced the indefinite suspension of the program, adding that the government has begun an investigation into its activities.
She stated that the decision to suspend N-Power was due to some irregularities within the scheme, adding the government has launched an investigation into the utilization of funds since the inception of the program.
According to the Minister, some beneficiaries are not found in their place of assignment, yet they expect monthly stipends.
Edu claimed that some N-Power beneficiaries should have exited the program in 2022 but are still on the payroll.
She said, “We must go back to look into N-Power and understand what the problems are, so we will basically suspend the programe for now until we are done with proper investigation into the utilization of funds into the N-Power program.
“We want to know how many persons are basically on the program right now, how many persons are owed, amount they are owed. We are totally restructuring the N-Power and expanding it.
“There are lots going on. We met people who are supposed to have exited the program since last year and they are still on claiming that they are still teaching.
“Sometimes we contact the school or the places where they are working, and they are not there. They are not working yet they keep claiming that they are being owed eight or nine months stipends.
“About 80 percent of them are not working yet they are claiming salaries.”