Claim: A Facebook page posted on August 24th that N-power has started shortlisting its candidates.
This claim is true, as it was confirmed by one of the candidates and also posted on the N-power website.
As seen above, a Facebook page, Badarubala Tv with over 100 followers posted on August 24th, a “breaking news.” This post informed the public that NPower has started shortlisting candidates for the two-year programme. The post asked readers to dial a provided code to check their N-Power status. Since being published, this post has generated over 50 shares and one comment.
The only comment on the post reads: “I check by showing data not found in pre-selected document.” This comment as well as the ‘Breaking News’’ tag on the post (which is reminiscent of fake platforms) calls for scepticism and the urgent need to fact-check.
Setting out to check this claim, Dubawa found reports from thenationonlineng and legit.ng both supporting the claims registered in the Facebook post.
Both news platforms reported that the minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, on August 23 has announced the inauguration of N-Power Batch C (stream 1 ) at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
Farouq reportedly said 450,000 have been selected (out of the about six million applications received from applicants) to benefit under the graduate component for Batch C stream 1. She added that the USSD ‘ *45665# ‘ has been secured to provide the connectivity and technical help for the provision of information services to beneficiaries of the programme.
The claims were further affirmed to be true on the N-power website as shortlisted candidates were asked to enrol their biometric data to qualify them for the final stage of the N-power Batch C (stream 1) programme.
Further, Joshua Ezra, who is an applicant for the N-power programme, said it is true, adding that the exercise has started since June.
“They flagged up the programme on Monday. They have been shortlisting since June. This time around, they flagged up the programme but we are yet to be deployed to our place of primary assignment, ” he said.
The claim by Badarubala Tv that N-power has shortlisted names of candidates is true.