The Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, has declared that the federal government was not owing N-empower employees backlog of salaries.
Osinbajo said this during a visit to the N-Power Situation Room at the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC).
Recall that the N-Power programme is designed to engage the teeming and massive numbers of unemployed Nigerian graduates from tertiary institutions across the country.
According to Osinbajo, all those whose Bank Verification Number (BVN) have been verified have been paid, adding that verification was necessary in order not to pay the wrong people.
He noted that about 2.3 million youths have applied for the second batch of the National Social Investment Programmes (NSIP), meant to absorbed additional 300,000.
Osinbajo said, “There is no such thing as a backlog. If your BVN is verified and everything is checked then you are paid. There is a problem if your BVN does not match the records you gave. If there is a problem with any of your records you cannot be paid.
” The moment your records are cleared then you are paid constantly. If you don’t correct these records then you might be paying the wrong people.”
Asked on the number of those engaged on the Programme, Osinbajo replied “Already 200,000 young people have been engaged. And since the Programme was opened another 2.3 million have applied and we are looking at the next phase of engagement.
“But for me I think what is important is that we are able to do this incrementally and we are able to give hope to some of these young people who need the opportunity.
“We will never always be able to do everything but I think that it is important that we do as much as we can.
He recalled that the target was 500,000 but depending on the country ‘s resources we can always do more but the target for now is 500,000.
Osinbajo added:”But what I want to say to the young people working on this is that, that if we take the opportunity for instance if you look at the tablet given to them, the tablet contains so much information, so much learning material that one can really develop his skills in a wide variety of ways and be able to give himself greater opportunity.
“So is much more than an employment Programme, is a learning Programme, is a skills development Programme and is unprecedented. I haven’t seen anything like this anywhere in the world.”
The acting president described the N-power Response Center as excellent and providing quick response to questions raised the employees of the Programme.
According to him”I think is (N-power Response Center) excellent, I think they have done very well indeed. If you look at this center here, those that are engaged here are answering questions from all the social media platforms – Facebook, Instagram etc. they are also taking calls. So the whole idea is that they must be constant engagement with young people on the Programme.
Some are saying, I have not been paid etc. there are very many implications. For example if your BVN doesn’t match and the records with them and that happens a lot. A lot of them has to be worked out.
“I just want to say I’m so impressed with the young people working here. We are training these young people,” he stated.