Some beneficiaries paying rapt attention during a verification exercise in Owerri, Imo state capital.

As organizers move to address irregularities

By Chuks Nwokeji

The N-Power programme introduced by President Muhammadu Buhari for unemployed Nigerians is gradually making progress in Imo State, as beneficiaries took turns on Tuesday 7th February, to testify about the reality of the programme in the state.

Some of the beneficiaries interviewed during a verification exercise organized at Imo International Convention Centre (IICC) Owerri, testified that they have received their December stipend.

The verification exercise was organized to address challenges due to irregularities in Name, Bank Verification Number (BVN) and other errors committed during the online registration of the programme.

A graduate of Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) Ezeocha John and Emelu Kizito, were among those who revealed to Pressmen that their December stipend of N30,000 have been paid and they were expectant of the January stipend.

In her speech, Deputy Chief of Staff Domestic and Internal Affairs, Honourable Mrs Ogechi Ololo, said the essence of the exercise was to verify the beneficiaries for further deployment to their places of primary assignment.

The Deputy Chief of Staff assured the beneficiaries of their preparedness to ensure that all their problems are solved and encouraged them not to lose hope.

According to her “everything went well, Federal Government is hiring about 13000 Imo citizens. So far, about 3,385 Imo citizens have been verified. Many may think the programme is not real, but it’s real, it’s a great opportunity for the youths.”

Lending her voice, the Deputy Chief of Staff External Affairs Mrs Mma Nzeribe-Micheals described the scheme as a wonderful package, designed to employ about 500,000 Nigerian graduates, stating that it is a promise made and fulfilled by President Muhammadu Buhari.

It was a well attended event by the beneficiaries and the officials took time to attend to them in a humane, peaceful and friendly manner.

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