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N-Power: FG to apprehend fraudulent actors

The Federal Government “will not hesitate to apprehend” anyone who goes fraudulently with the National Social Investment Programme, says the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

The Minister, Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouq, was speaking at a Press Briefing in Abuja where she explained the nature of some arrests made by the authorities regarding the N-Power Programme.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr Nasir Gwarzo, the Minister disclosed that her office had collaborated with the ICPC to “fish out the perpetrators” once it noticed some “sharp practices” in the scheme.

“When it came to our notice that there may have been sharp practices by some personnel of the Payment Service Provider (PSP) involved in the payment processes of beneficiaries, the matter was immediately referred to ICPC for thorough investigation,” Hajiya Sadiya explained.

“We are aware that certain persons have consequently been invited for interrogation as part of the ongoing investigations.”

She assured N-POWER beneficiaries of government’s continued commitment to the programme, promising that all monthly stipends will continue to be paid in line with programme expectations.

“We want to assure all N-POWER beneficiaries of Federal Government’s continued commitment to the programme and the subsequent exit/off-boarding channels activated,” she said.

“All programme beneficiaries should therefore continue to apply themselves to their utmost at their Places of Primary Assignment.”

Hajiya Sadiya also hinted that the Ministry has carried out a “thorough re-enforcement of its systems” to eliminate all anomalies and prevent similar occurrences in the future, adding that members of the public should report any “suspicious irregularities” noticed in the implementation of the National Social Investment programme.

The Independent Corrupt Practices (and other Related Offences) Commission (ICPC) had confirmed the arrest and detention of the famous artiste, Oladapo Daniel Oyebanjo (popularly known as D’Banj) over fraud investigations associated with the N-Power Programme.

Reporting by Hadiza Abdulrahman; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino and Tony Okerafor