Fact About N-Power Money Used To Fund Kogi Election In Yahaya Bello’s Favour
N-Power Team at Lokoja, Kogi State (www.dailyadvent.com)
Beneficiaries of the Federal Government’s N-Power scheme are growing increasingly frustrated with the delay of their monthly stipend, Concise News reports.
Checks by this online news medium revealed that beneficiaries nationwide are yet to get paid their last month’s stipend.
Being the seventeenth day of another month, they are unhappy with the perpetual delay. This has made them to throw series of allegations against the scheme. And among the claim is that the Muhammadu Buhari administration has released beneficiaries’ stipends to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state to aid his return to Lugard House.
But how factual is this claim?
We know u come from a family of political Contractors
We can see the 10 billion currently working in Kogi….
Enjoy it while it last
— Dr Felyx O. (@felixomor) November 16, 2019
A screenshot of an allegation against N-Power by a disgruntled beneficiary
Going by our findings, there is no cogent fact to support this claim.
The only fact is that three days to Saturday’s governorship election in Kogi state, the Nigerian Senate approved promissory notes and bond issuance of N10.069 billion to the state as refund for projects executed on behalf of the federal government.
The approval last Wednesday was criticised by opposition lawmakers who asked that the approval be delayed till after the election.
They were, however, outvoted by majority senators.
Kogi, like the Senate and the federal government, is controlled by the All Progressives Congress (APC).
A bit about N-Power
Every month, the Federal Government spends about N15 billion as stipends on over 500,000 volunteers of the N-Power scheme, a component of the National Social Investment Programmes (N-SIP).
A chunk of the beneficiaries earn a monthly stipend of N30, 000 (approximately 83 USD).
Dubbed as the largest post-tertiary employment programme in Africa, the Muhammadu Buhari government sees the scheme as one of its major achievements.
Beneficiaries do not need high-wire connections as the screening process was largely transparent and efficient.
Headquartered under the office of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, N-Teach is the most popular of the N-SIP, which also focuses on health, agriculture and public finance.
Due to the deficiency in the number of teaching staff in public schools, many “unemployed graduates” were deployed to schools in order to complement the efforts of the staff on ground.
In 2016 when the N-Power programme started, 200,000 beneficiaries were selected and deployed to their Primary Place of Assignment (PPA) out of about 700,000 Nigerian graduates who reportedly applied.
Two batches have been recruited since the launch of the programme.