How we’ll deal with fraudulent claims in N-Power jobs – Presidency

Over 90% of the 200,000 unemployed Nigerian graduates selected in the first batch of the N-Power Volunteer Corps, NPVC, have been verified using the Bank Verification Number, and any untrue information submitted in the process of application is a ground for disqualification.

This clarification was given Sunday by the Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity in the Office of the Vice President, Laolu Akande, while giving an update on the N-Power Volunteer Corps which is now advancing with assignment of beneficiaries to their places of deployments in their states of residence.

Mr. Akande, who referred to a 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 that even though they knew no one in government, they were selected for the paid volunteer job program, attesting to the transparency of the selection process.

Mr. Akande said that all the states and the FCT, through the focal persons they appointed, have since received the list of the 200,000, and now working on deploying the beneficiaries to 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 is hardly any way anything fraudulent can sail through in the process.

“We are confident that the selection process, all the way through with BVN, and physical verification at the points of deployment in the states and the local government areas, are both transparent and impossible to abhor ghost beneficiaries, or any kind of fraud,” he said.

Mr. Akande said already 93% of those selected have been screened through the BVN, with the commendable assistance of the Nigerian Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc, NIBSS, and only authentic and verifiable beneficiaries will be paid the N30,000 monthly stipends starting December.

Responding to reports about random searches conducted on social media platforms, the SSA dismissed them, saying such cannot be better than “biometric identification we have secured through the BVN.”

“Besides the BVN, there is going to be physical verification, through an in-built component in our selection system that requires that information submitted online during the application would have to be authenticated at the point of deployment across the country, including verification of academic credentials and residence status.”

According to him, just as is normal when someone gets a job or even admission to school, he or she would proceed to present papers that have been submitted during application for verification. “This is also going to be like that, so claims about some applicants claiming to be residents of states would be dealt with if it turns out such claims are false. If an applicant cannot supply proof of residence, the selection is terminated.”

Besides, he explained that in a local government such as Abadam in Borno State, where there have been claims that nonresidents applied and were selected, Akande assured that there is no cause for alarm because such people would have to show up for verification on the spot.

He added that there was also a likelihood that a number of applicants may have input Abadam inadvertently considering that Abadam LGA is number one on the list of LGAs under the list as posted on the N-Power portal. “There is a good chance,” he continued, “that some applicants may have failed to complete the forms online accurately.”

Such errors are being reviewed and anyone found not to be resident in the LGA would be removed and replaced using the waiting list of applicants.

Said he: “an important aspect of the application was that applicants were told in clear terms that any false information would be grounds for disqualification.”

On how the 200,000 people were selected, the SSA Media explained that the selection was not only fair and done transparently, but also with adequate care.

Firstly, 40% of those who applied for the N-Power Teach and Agric were selected, and 50% 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.

Also to bolster states with low application numbers, an additional 4208 was selected and shared between Bayelsa, Jigawa, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara States. The Federal Ministry of Agric also additionally allocated 6799 applicants in the Agric category to all states across specific crop, fish and livestock targets in order to support government’s self-sufficiency target in Agric produce.

Gender and disability factor were also key in the selection. 46% of those selected, Mr. Akande disclosed, are females, while a total of 1126 were successful applicants with disabilities.

Mr. Akande then assured that those not selected in the first batch are now in the waiting list until the subsequent batches when they would be considered again, since there are still 300,000 to be selected under this budget cycle.

On why the selection process was based on states of residence rather than states of origin, Mr. Akande simply noted that for example, over 42,000 Nigerians applied for the N-Power from Lagos but only 3568 of them originate from Lagos. “Would it then be tenable to say almost 40,000 Bona fide Nigerians who are applicants resident in Lagos should just forget it since they are resident but not origins of the Lagos State?

FG employs 200,000 graduates, offers N30,000 monthly.

The Federal Government says it has employed 200,000 graduates who will work for only two years as teachers and agricultural extension workers throughout the country.

An online newspaper, The Cable reported that the new employees would be paid N30, 000 per month, which would be paid directly into their accounts.

Speaking in Abuja at the second presidential economic communication workshop organised by the office of the vice-president on Friday, the Senior Special Assistant to the VP on media and publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, said out of the fresh employees, 150,000 would work as teachers while the remaining 50,000 would work as extension workers.

Meanwhile, the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who spoke at a colloquium on ‘The Way Forward for Nigeria’ in Lagos on Friday, said the employment of 200,000 persons is the first batch of the Volunteer Job Programme that is to commence in about two weeks.

Osinbajo said, “The delay is because we are trying to provide as many equipment as we require. We also want to ensure that we provide opportunities across the states. Close to a million registered; we should start with the first 200,000 in 14 days or thereabout. It is a temporary opportunity for young graduates.”

At the event, which was organised by Coalition of Nigerian Apostolic Leaders, the Vice-President said the government was trying to create jobs directly while creating space for more private sector activities to facilitate economic growth.

Recession: FCTA to create 10,000 jobs by 2020.

In line with one of the cardinal policies of the present administration, which is job creation and poverty reduction, the FCT Administration said that one of its targets is to create 10,000 jobs by the year 2020.

Speaking during the closing ceremony of the entrepreneurship and skills development programme, organised by the administration in conjunction with the Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation in Abuja at the weekend, FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello said the gesture would reduce the high rate of unemployment and minimise the level of poverty in the territory.

According to him, “As an administration, our target is to create 10,000 jobs by the year 2020. In creating these jobs, we will support our people to generate wealth; thereby reducing the high rate of unemployment and minimizing the level of poverty in the territory.

“This stand is also in line with one of the cardinal policies of the government of our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, which is Job creation and Poverty reduction.”

Represented by the managing director of the Abuja Enterprise Agency (AEA), Tukur Arabi, Bello also reiterated the commitment of the administration to improve the living standards of the residents of the territory by creating jobs and providing the desired enabling environment.

The minister who noted that the importance of the programme, stressed that empowering the citizens with relevant vocational skills would ensure that they gain technical know-how to operate their businesses and entrepreneurial skills.

The minister said that the training given by the facilitators whose in-depth knowledge in the various fields of entrepreneurships development have been imparted into the participants in the last two weeks will go a long way in making the beneficiaries to be productive in their respective trades.

Earlier in his remarks, the managing director of the Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation, Dr. Shettima Aji–Ali, said the foundation was established in 2009 by friends, relations, associates and well-wishers of Sir Ahmadu Bello, the late Premier of the defunct Northern Region and Sardauna of Sokoto in collaboration with governments of the 19 northern states of Nigeria to promote the exemplary ideals and legacy of the late sage.

Dr. Aji–Ali on behalf of the board of trustees, advisory council and the management of the foundation, thanked the FCT minister for being one of the great supporters of the Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation and the smooth take off and success of this training.

FG To Employ 200,000 Graduates In October

The Federal Government has announced on Tuesday that the implementation of its Social Investment Programmes would commence before the end of this month.

This, according to a statement issued in Abuja by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Vice President, Mr Laolu Akande, is in fulfilment of the government’s campaign promises.

Mr Akande noted that the Vice President, Mr Yemi Osinbajo, confirmed that implementation plans for the effective commencement of a number of the Social Investment programmes of the Buhari presidency has reached advanced stages as the selection of the first 200,000 unemployed graduates to get jobs is now being completed.

According to the statement, Mr Osinbajo made this known while fielding questions in an interview with a small group of radio journalists and producers at the Presidential Villa.

“We expect that before the end of the month, we will engage 200,000 out of the 500,000 unemployed graduates the Buhari administration plans to hire in the N-Power jobs programme.

“The direct government jobs are meant to keep these young people occupied, pay them some amount of money and also give them a device, which will also help them to learn several skills that they can develop as time goes on.

“We expect that before the end of this month, we should have engaged 200,000 of them and we are hoping that before the end of the year we should have engaged more,” the statement quoted Mr Osinbajo as saying.

The Vice President explained that on the Home-Grown School Feeding programme, this will kick off in several states by the end of October.

“Definitely before the end of this month, we expect that several states would have come on stream with their Home-grown School Feeding Programmes.

“This will energise agriculture in the different states because it is what you plant that you feed the children with, we will be hiring caterers, cooks, etc in each state because it will be Federal Government funded from Primaries 1-3 and the state governments hopefully would be able to cater for the other classes,” Osinbajo was further quoted as saying.

FAAN Begins Placement Of Successful 2015 Recruitment Candidates

The Management of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAA) has begun the issuance of Provisional Offer of Employment Letters to successful candidates of its 2015 recruitment exercise in batches, with effect from May 16.

This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Yakubu Dati, the General Manager, Corporate Affairs, FAAN, made available on Wednesday in Lagos.

The statement quoted Dati as saying that the first batch of successful candidates had been notified through text messages sent to their mobile phones.

According to him, they are expected to report to the Human Resources Department of FAAN from June 16, 2016 to Sept. 15, 2016 for medicals, background checks and induction training.

He said successful candidates were to come with their unique ID number, original certificates/credentials and other means of identification for screening.

He added that “candidates under the second and third batches will be communicated consequently.

“All applicants are advised to visit FAAN website regularly for further information.” (NAN)

FG Sacks Top Civil Servants For Employment Racketeering

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Ondo Employs 18 First Class Graduands Of State Varsity

Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo state has offered automatic employment to all the 18 first class graduands of the state-owned Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba, Akoko.
Any of them that is willing to take the appointment would be absorbed in the state civil service.
He made the pronouncement during the 6th convocation of the Institution.

Dr Mimiko said the state is proud of the graduands and was ready to give them automatic employment.

The governor lauded the institution and the students for going six years without interruption of the academic calendar due to strike action.

He assured that the state government would continue to make education affordable to the people of the state.

The vice Chancellor of the university, Prof Igbekele Ajibefun said the institution ultimate desire was to accommodate its over 14,000 students on campus compared to less than 20percent that are now accommodated.

Buhari to employ 10,000 policemen, fix CCTVs in major cities

The Federal government will employ 10,000 police officers and create a Multi-Agency Task Force as part of measures to address challenges of insurgency in the country in a sustainable manner, President Muhammadu Buhari said in Abuja on Monday.


The President who said this while declaring open a one day security summit organized by the Nigeria Police Force also used the occasion to itemize the various reforms his administration will pursue to ensure that the Police is empowered to response to the security challenges confronting the country.


The President also commended Solomon Arase, the Inspector General of Police over the various reforms he had initiated since his appointment.


The President revealed in his opening speech that the government is already making efforts to enhance the operational capacity of the Police through a tailor made-made training programme that will give officers the right civil orientation in their roles as guardians of the constitution.


He also revealed that to further strengthen the security of the public space, government is giving consideration to expansion of the CCTV Monitoring System across major cities and towns in the country, while the police accountability mechanism will be strengthened.


President Buhari added that in appreciation of the strategic role of the citizens and the community in modern policing, his administration will encourage States to look at State-level Community inter-acting with police under a model that will integrate members of the community to policing functions at the grassroots level.


The President who expressed hope that the National Security Summit will develop pathways for the attainment of the policy focus of his administration on policing also commended the Solomon Arase led Police leadership over some of the initiatives it has introduced since coming into office.


In this vein, the President commended the IGP’s dismantling of road blocks which he noted “have consistently constituted a dark side of policing and object of discord between the police and the citizens of this country.”


“The initiatives of the Inspector-General of Police to also introduce the ‘Safer Highway Motorised Patrol’ Scheme and deploy 555 Patrol Vehicles along all major highways to fill the void created by the enforcement of the order dismantling road blocks is also acknowledged as a proactive action meant to reassure citizens of their safety and security.


“In addition, I also note the commitment of the Force leadership to uphold and enforce Chapter IV of the constitution and commit officers of the Force to the adherence to all United Nations and African Union Charters and other regional global instruments on Human Rights while also introducing Alternative Dispute Resolution procedures to policing functions.


“Furthermore it is the policy thrust of the Inspector-General of Police which discourages pre-trial detention of citizens while encouraging the practice of intelligence-led crime detection,” Buhari who noted that if the various initiatives are properly implemented, will help to address “factors that threaten public confidence in the Police and hence, create good grounds for the practice of community-led policing to flourish,” said.


“I am tasking the police not only to “say” but to “do” as we are promising to Nigerians,” the President tasked men of the law enforcement agency.

The President assured that his administration will bequeath a reformed, re-oriented, well trained, well-equipped and highly motivated Police Force to the nation.


But he noted that the dream can only be achieved with the support of the citizens.


“This remains a sacred civic responsibility which all citizens owe this country, especially at this time that we are re-energising our counterterrorism initiatives and working very hard to protect the citizens from crime and guarantee the safety and security of all Nigerians,” said the President.


While speaking at the National Summit which has as its theme Community Partnership Approach to Internal Security and Crime Management, Arase emphasized that the Police need adequate funding to be able to meet the huge logistic demand of the modern day police.


“Through effective funding, the welfare needs of police personnel will be met and the challenge of corruption that has eroded professionalism and public respect for police will be addressed,” he said.


In this vein, the IGP said the Bill on Police Trust Fund which seeks to tax corporate entities to complement the Federal Government in funding the police should be given a fresh consideration.


He also advocated that the security challenges in the country and problems of inadequate manpower of the Police can be addressed through citizens-driven policing model.


“This model will address the manpower deficiency challenge in the Nigeria Police as every citizen plays the role of a police officer,” he said.

Source : PM News

Over 100 Unemployed Youths Show Up At The National Assembly In Search of Employment

People are fed up!

These are scenes from afternoon at the National Assembly hall complex, where people were waiting to lobby lawmakers for employment as aides, secretaries, assistants, or anything they can lay their hands on.

These people are obviously tired of the no work situation and trying to find work. Honestly hope, some good will come out of it.