The Vice President of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo, has stated that only authentic and verifiable N-Power Volunteer Corps of the Federal Government would be paid the N30,000 monthly stipend as from December 2016.
This declaration was made on his behalf, by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, while giving an update on the N-Power Volunteer Corps on Sunday, November 27.
Akande quoted the VP as saying that 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.
However, the VP declared that any element of falsification noticed in the process of application would attract an outright disqualification, Akande said.
While referring to a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) report last week regarding the testimonials of some of the selected Nigerian graduates, the spokesman said:
“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.”
The VP added 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.