Only genuine N-Power Volunteers will earn N30, 000, says Osinbajo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has declared that only authentic and verifiable N-Power Volunteer Corps of the Federal Government would be paid the N30, 000 monthly stipend from next month.
Osinbajo gave the indication yesterday through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, while giving an update on the N-Power Volunteer Corps.
He said over 90 per cent of the 200,000 unemployed Nigerian graduates selected in the first batch of the programme had been verified using the Bank Verification Number. He added that untrue information submitted in the process of application would attract outright disqualification.
Akande who referred to a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) report last week regarding the testimonials of some of the selected Nigerian graduates noted that: “it is most gladdening that those who were selected are now telling the stories of how they have not been employed for years, but now grateful to the President for this initiative.”
Some of them, he added, expressed satisfaction, according to the BBC report now online, that even though they knew no one in government, they were selected for the paid volunteer job programme, attesting to the transparency of the selection process.
Osinbajo stated that all the states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) through the focal persons they appointed had since received the list of the 200,000, and were now working on deploying the beneficiaries in their places of assignment.
He also explained that by using the BVN, which is, one of the most viable means of identification in the country today, there was hardly any way anything fraudulent could sail through in the process.
The Vice President disclosed that 93 per cent of those selected had been screened through the BVN, with the commendable assistance of the Nigerian Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc, NIBSS, and only authentic and verifiable beneficiaries would be paid the N30, 000 monthly stipends starting December.
On how the 200,000 first batch of the N-Power was selected, the SSA Media explained that the selection was not only fair and done transparently, but also with adequate care.
Firstly, 40 per cent of those who applied for the N-Power Teach and Agric were selected, and 50 per cent of those who applied for the health category, all based on an assessment test.
Then to mitigate the adverse socio-economic circumstances in the North-East an additional 4800 applicants from the region were selected with Borno State getting 1200 and Adamawa, Yobe, Taraba 800 each and Bauchi and Gombe 600 each.