FG Speaks On Npower Batch C1 Extension

The Federal government has raised concern about how social media users consume and spread information without investigating the material’s source, especially about alleged extension of the Batch C Stream 1 Npower initiative.

Just on Tuesday, a claim by a social blog stated the following:

“N-Power: FG Set to Retain Batch C-1 N-Teach Beneficiaries

“The Federal Government of Nigeria Npower scheme are considering extending the services of the N-teach Batch C Stream 1 Beneficiaries.

“It would recalled that the names of the successful shortlisted candidates on Stream 1 were out for fingerprint and biometrics verification and expired on June 6, 2021. Before the start of the Npower batch C program, Npower management stated unequivocally that the Npower 2020 program would last only 12 months.

“The Npower batch C stream 1 Programme was launched in August 2021, and beneficiaries began working in September 2021. According to this, the batch C1 program is scheduled to end in September 2022.

“Meanwhile, according to a statement from the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, the Federal Government are considering the extension of the N-Teach Batch C Stream 1 N-Power beneficiaries which was scheduled to end in September 30th, 2022.”

Numerous errors were made in the Npower Batch C1 Extension announcement since the author solely targeted the recipients of the Batch C stream 1 Npower program and left them to wallow in their own illusions.

Recall that the Batch C Stream 1 Npower Program officially began operations in September, and that stipend payments began in September of the following year. As a result, the program officially terminates in August of the following year due to its 12-month design.

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According to the writer:

“The Minister acknowledged that Nigeria had a deficit of teachers, which President Buhari’s administration had been addressing through the N-Power Teach Volunteers scheme under the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP).

“We have created a dedicated platform under the National Social Investment Programme called N-Power Teach, which engages qualified graduates to man the gaps of basic education delivery in Nigeria.

“These N-Power Teach Volunteers are deployed as teacher assistants in primary schools across Nigeria to support existing teachers.

“The aim of this, and many other Government programmes, is to increase the teacher-student ratio at the primary school level thereby enhancing the quality of students moving to secondary schools…….”

The writer stated that the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development made the aforementioned statement on Friday in Abuja when she reactivated a leadership of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT.

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The following quote attributed to the Minister was taken from Leon Usigbe’s article in The Nigerian Tribune on January 14, 2020, FG To Recruit More Qualified Teachers Under Buhari, available at https://tribuneonlineng.com/fg-to-recruit-more-qualified-teachers.

President Muhammad Buhari made the announcement, and Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), released it.

It is concerning that many social media users find it difficult to recognize fake news when they see it yet are quick to criticize real news merely because it does not support their expectations or interests.

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The Batch C Stream 1 Npower Program expires in August 2022, according to the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, via Nneka Ikem Anibueze, SA to the Minister for Media and Publicity.

“Batch C Npower beneficiaries were divided into two streams, C1 and C2. Batch C1 was deployed in September 2021 and are due to exit the programme this August 2022 after spending 12 months in the programme.

“The payment system is transparent and verifiable using the FECs approved NASIMS platform where each beneficiary sees on the platform, reasons for payment and for non-payment owing to truancy or transaction failure.

“The batch C2  pre-selected applicants have concluded their physical verification exercise using one of our strategic partners (NYSC).

“The deployment process commenced on the 1st of  August for 490,000 beneficiaries to fill the space of one million N-POWER beneficiaries as approved by Mr President,” stated Mrs Anibueze.

The Npower Management has insisted on the 31st August 2022 leave date through its official handles, noting that it would notify the general public if there was any chance of the Npower Batch C Stream 1 Extention.

The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development has not yet made any official statements via its official or department handles regarding the extension of the Batch C Stream 1 Npower Program or the inclusion of any category in the program as of the time of this publication.

This information was first published on nyscinfo.com DMCA PROTECTED.

Source: Nyscinfo

Updated: September 2, 2022 — 8:30 am

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Stephen Adoga

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