A few days to the end of the year, Npower batch C Stream 2 beneficiaries have lamented non-payment of stipend. They threaten to embark on a nationwide strike if the Federal Government fails to pay them.
Investors King earlier reported that Npower beneficiaries had bemoaned the Federal Government for not paying them their monthly stipend almost three months after they have resumed their various places of personal assignments (PPA). Npower batch C, Stream 2 began work in October 2022.
Speaking to the press, some beneficiaries urged the Federal Government to pay their stipends to enable them to buy food for Christmas and New Year celebrations.
“It is shameful and extremely painful our government has held on to our three months stipends without any explanation whatsoever
“First of all, the NPower batch C2 beneficiaries were deployed in September but we were asked to resume at our place of primary assignment (PPA) on the 4th of October which we did, and since then, nothing has been done about our stipends. Meanwhile, we applied for the empowerment programme in 2020.
“After so much delay. We were deployed two years after and still no payment. We are suffering and there are speculations that the minister said she has paid all the beneficiaries and does not owe anyone,” one of them told the media.
Since the establishment of the Npower scheme in 2016, the scheme has been characterised by issues of non-payment or delayed stipends among other controversies.
Recalled that D’banj was arrested by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for allegedly fraudulently diverting hundreds of millions of naira earmarked by the Nigerian government for the N-Power project. ICPC alleged that more than 90,000 ghost workers were fraudulently drafted into the programme.
This allegation has created a sort of panic among the Npower beneficiaries who fear that it could affect their monthly stipend or the continuation of the programme.
JAMB Cancels Registrations of 817 UTME Candidates Over False Biometric Fingerprints
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced the cancellation of 817 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) registrations in 2023.
Investors King gathered that the cancelled UTME registrations were as a result of false biometric fingerprints detected in the candidates’ registrations.
The JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede however, stated that the 817 persons whose registrations were invalidated would be given another opportunity to re-register for the examination while the centres will bear the new cost of registrations.
Prof. Oloyede, who spoke after separate meetings with stakeholders said, it was observed that some registration officers in about 178 Computer Based Test (CBT) centres used their fingerprints to complete the registration process instead of the candidates’ fingerprints which led to the registration cancellation.
While the JAMB boss explained that some UTME candidates were naive due to the device used hence the officers using their fingerprints, he also posited that some did that intentionally for malpractice and impersonation but such cases were difficult to decipher.
His words, “For the students who allowed other people to add their fingers to their registration procedure. We found that some of them were only naive, because you will hear them saying my finger was hot, and the man added his own. And you allowed him to add his own?
“Some of them did it deliberately for impersonation but we can’t identify those who are genuine from those who are not genuine. We will cancel all the registrations and we will ask them to re-register.
“The centres involved, we have just met with them, and they all confessed. Nobody is disputing it, even students that were telling lies, they know we have the technology that won’t allow any lie to be accommodated. On their own, the CBT owners suggested the solution. We will cancel the registrations of those people concerned and we will send a message to them to go back to the very centres where they were registered and the CBT centres will pay to the board the cost of registration of the candidates.”
The JAMB Registrar warned candidates against allowing the capture of another person’s fingerprints during their registration process, noting that the device will detect any strange fingerprint added.
Giving an update on the recent suspension of five CBT centres who were caught selling UTME registration pins above JAMB fixed price, Prof. Oloyede said the suspension has been lifted from four of the five centers after explanations and apologies were tendered.
He added that the erred CBT centres will refund the excess amount to the board who will forward it to the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) to decide on what the money will be used for, as candidates had been warned severally not to pay above the approved pin price.
Npower News: Beneficiaries Lament Non-Payment of Four Months Stipend
Batch C, Stream 2 beneficiaries of the Npower social intervention scheme lament non-payment of four months allowance. The affected beneficiaries claimed that many of them are hungry and sick because of the situation.
Investors King learnt that some of the beneficiaries have resulted to attacking the government for its failure to do the needful.
It would be recalled that Npower Batch C, Stream 2 beneficiaries were mobilised in September 2022 and resumed their places of primary assignment on the 4th of October 2022.
Some of the beneficiaries had taken to the social media to narrate the challenges most of them are facing.
Charles Okori stated on Twitter that a number of them find it difficult to transport to their PPA.
“We have been working tirelessly since October 2022 without a single salary. People are really suffering going to their PPA, please come to people’s aid because Buhari and Sadiya Umar Farouq don’t have a single human sympathy in their hearts,” Charlse Okori narrated.
Another beneficiary with the name Aduni Adeyinka stated the allegation that billions of naira have been diverted from the Npower fund is now taking a toll on the beneficiaries.
Aduni wrote. “It is shameful and extremely painful that our government has held onto our four-month stipends without any explanation whatsoever. Maybe the allegation against D’banj is actually true.”
It would be recalled that a popular musician, Oladapo Oyebamiji popularly known as D’banj was arrested and interrogated by the Independent Corrupt Practices & Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) over issues bordering on the diversion of Npower fund using a fake Npower list.
After his arrest, it was reported that over 90,000 ghost workers were fraudulently introduced into the Npower programme leading to the diversion of billions of naira into private pockets.
What is Npower
Introduced in 2016, Npower is a youth empowerment scheme sponsored by the Nigerian government under the Social Investment Programme (SIP).
Other programmes under the scheme include Home Grown School Feeding, Tradermoni, Marketmoni and the Conditional Cash Transfer.
Teaching Jobs in UK: Eligibility Criteria Amended as Application Begins February 1
Most teachers from Nigeria, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Singapore, South Africa and Zimbabwe had expressed happiness as they meet the criteria.
The chances of potential applicants for the teaching jobs announced by the United Kingdom have reduced as the country has amended the requirements for the recruitment exercise.
Following the initial eligibility criteria released for applicants for the job, Investors King had gathered that most teachers from Nigeria, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Singapore, South Africa and Zimbabwe had expressed happiness as they meet the criteria and we’re set to apply for the once it starts in February 1, 2023.
But, most interested persons from the highlighted countries, it was gathered, may not be able to meet up as UK Department for Education has added fresh criteria for the job.
The United Kingdom government had also factored its citizens among those qualified to go for the teacher status.
The Department for Education had in its Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which will enable non-UK indigenes find teaching jobs across the country, had only stated that applicants who major in subjects such as Mathematics, Sciences and some Language Subjects are eligible to apply.
According to the statement earlier published on its website for the job, interested applicants were asked to apply for the QTS through the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA).
The information had stated that teachers from all eligible countries will have to show they meet a consistent set of criteria for the award of the QTS.
As interested persons were waiting for February 1 for them to apply, the UK Education Department announced some changes to the eligibility criteria.
In the amended eligibility criteria, some subjects were removed while other qualifications were added.
As seen on the UK government website, the corrected notice disclosed that there will be a subject eligibility restriction in some countries including Nigeria, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Singapore, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
According to the UK government, the move was to ensure it offers efficient and consistent service to all applicants for the job.
Among the reasons it gave for the amendment was for UK to prioritise the subject specialisms that are majorly needed by schools in England.
While disclosing that the restriction of the subject eligibility is temporary, the government said the change would allow it handle applications timely as they are being received.
It noted that the countries affected would be continued to be updated on further steps and that other subject of some areas of specialisations would be opened by May 2023.
Other qualifications added for applicants from Ghana, India, Jamaica, Nigeria, Singapore, South Africa or Zimbabwe included that they must also have one of the qualifications it newly released.
The qualifications are: a teaching qualification that meets the standard of a level 6 qualification qualifying you to teach children aged 11 to 16 in mathematics, languages or science; a teaching qualification that meets the standard of a level 6 qualification qualifying you to teach children aged 11 to 16, and a bachelor’s degree made up of at least 50% mathematics, science or a language (excluding English) taught in English state schools, for example: French, German. Italian, Japanese, Latin, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish.
The change may drop the number of qualified in Nigeria and other countries listed.
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