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TheCable at 7 Impact Stories Series (7): The story that ‘sacked’ 2,500 fraudulent N-Power beneficiaries

TheCable at 7 Impact Stories Series (7): The story that ‘sacked’ 2,500 fraudulent N-Power beneficiaries
April 30
15:55 2021

Seven, they say, is the number of perfection. At TheCable, our seventh anniversary offers a unique opportunity to celebrate our strive towards perfection and excellence in the media space.

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For these seven years since April 29, 2014, we’ve published under-reported and impact-driven stories, broken excellent stories, explored innovative ideas and covered new grounds that were scarcely highlighted in the industry.

Like the favourite hymnal, this is our story, this our song. We will be highlighting seven of our special stories that have made a huge impact, driven change and sparked public discourse in Nigeria.

A STORY THAT EXPOSED FRAUD, BRIBERY IN FG’S EMPLOYMENT SCHEME FOR YOUTHS

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To close the huge employment gap in the country and empower the youths, the federal government introduced the N-Power scheme — a component of the National Social Investment Programmes (N-SIP) dubbed as the largest post-tertiary employment programme in Africa. Thousands of youths were employed as volunteers with a monthly pay of N30,000.

An investigation by TheCable, however, exposed the fraudulent activities going on in the scheme. The report revealed how some beneficiaries bribe officials to continue receiving payment after absconding from their duty posts. The result: the federal government clamped down on the fraudulent beneficiaries, prosecuted some and sacked over 2,500 from the scheme.

READ THE FULL STORY HERE

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