The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation and Youth Empowerment, Mr Afolabi Imoukhuede, has disclosed government will collaborate with that the N-power scheme will collaborate with anti-graft agencies to go after beneficiaries of the scheme who have abscond duty, at their various places of assignments.
The presidential aide disclosed this to journalists on Thursday in Abuja while expressing displeasure over increasing reports of such beneficiaries, saying appropriate sanctions awaited them.
“The calls and the claims are growing but let me assure you that we have multi-layer integrated monitoring team within the NSIP framework.
“I have said to you that the head of your PPA is your principal monitor and they have been empowered to send us reports of those of you who fail to show up at work without necessary approvals.
“For there will sure be penalty for any and every one of you who just believe that you can abscond at any time you like,’’ Imoukhuede said.
Imoukhuede revealed further that the scheme would also not spare beneficiaries who conspired with their supervisors to stay away from their place of primary assignment.
According to him, beneficiaries could voluntarily resign as an option rather than absconding.
He said, 5,781 beneficiaries were forcefully disengaged from the scheme because of disciplinary issues while 11,238 requests have been received for resignation across the two batches but are yet to be attended to.
“8,709 have been approved because they have gone through the process and confirmed to us; 2,529 are still pending because we couldn’t reach them on their mobile phone numbers on the portal.
“In the N-power programme, you learn, work and earn and when you do not work you are not earning the stipend, you are stealing the common wealth of the country of which you are a beneficiary,” he said.