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FALSE claim circulates online that N-Power has shortlisted names for its 2020 programme

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A POST has been shared repeatedly on social media claiming that the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development (FMHDS) in Nigeria has shortlisted candidates for its 2020 N-Power programme.

The post retrieved from a WhatsApp group on 3 September directed people to check for their names via a link.

The post reads: “Npower 2020 has shortlisted for its second stage. Check if you are included or forward to your loved ones who applied.”

THE CLAIM

That N-power has shortlisted names for its 2020 programme and that people can check via a particular link.

THE FINDINGS:

The N-Power is a scheme set up by the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari meant to address the issues of youth unemployment. It was created as a component of the National Social Investment Programme.

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In a bid to verify the claim, The FactCheckHub observed that the website in the post is different from the website created for the programme by the FMHDS.

A close look at the website shows that it is a duplicate site trying to clone the original website. While the original website address is https://npower.fmhds.gov.ng, the fake website changed the dots after ‘Npower’ and after ‘fmhds’ to hyphens.

The FactCheckHub also reached out to the FMHDS to confirm if a shortlist for the  N-Power programme is out as claimed. Halima Oyelade, a Special Assistant on Media to the FMHDS minister noted that the claim in circulation is false and that the ministry is yet to shortlist people for the N-power programme.

”This is not true,” she replied The FactCheckHub‘s enquiry via a text message.

Similarly, the minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, in a report by Guardian Newspaper noted that the selection process is still ongoing.

She said, “We have also received over 5 million applications from proposed N-Power Batch C and we are currently in the process of selecting the qualified beneficiaries coming into the programme”.

“I assure all the applicants and Nigerians that the selection process will be transparent.”

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The minister spoke on 3 September in Abuja during an interaction with National Social Investment Program (NSIP) Focal Persons, Program Managers and State Operations Coordinating Unit (SOCU) officers from all states of the country.

The N-Power programme falls under the purview of Farooq’s portfolio.

THE VERDICT:

Based on the checks above the claim that N-power has shortlisted names for its 2020 programme is FALSE

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