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The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu, stated that the Federal Government has suspended the N-Power scheme indefinitely.

Edu made the disclosure while speaking during an interview on TVC News on Saturday.

The suspension, according to her, was the result of several abnormalities discovered within the scheme.

Edu stated that an investigation will be initiated into how money has been spent since the programme’s inception.

Stating the reasons behind the suspension and what will follow, the minister noted, “We must go back to look into N-Power and understand what the problems are, so we will basically suspend the programme for now until we are done with a proper investigation into the utilization of funds in the N-Power programme.

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“We want to know how many people are basically on the programme right now, how many people are owed, and the amount they are owed. We are totally restructuring N-Power and expanding it.

“There are lots going on. We met people who were supposed to have exited the programme last year, and they are still claiming that they are still teaching.

“Sometimes we contact the school or the place where they are working and they are not there. They are not working yet, but they keep claiming that they are being owed eight or nine months of stipends.

“About 80 percent of them are not working yet; they are claiming salaries.”

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Former President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration developed the N-Power Programme to combat young unemployment and promote social development.

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