ABUJA—The Presidency said yesterday that over 90% of the 200,000 unemployed graduates selected in the first batch of the N-Power Volunteer Corps, NPVC, have been verified using the Bank Verification Number, BVN.
Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity in the Office of the Vice President, Mr. Laolu Akande, who disclosed this, said any untrue information submitted in the process of application was a good ground for disqualification.
He said the programme was now advancing with assignment of beneficiaries to their places of deployments in their states of residence.
Akande, who referred to a BBC report last week regarding the testimonials of some of the selected graduates, noted that “it is most gladdening that those who were selected are now telling the stories of how they have not been employed for years, but now grateful to the President for this initiative.”
He stated that all the states and the FCT, through the focal persons they appointed, had since received the list of the 200,000 beneficiaries, and were now working on deploying them to their places of assignment.
He also explained that by using the BVN, which is one of the most viable means of identification in the country at present, there was hardly any way anything fraudulent could sail through in the process.
“We are confident that the selection process, all the way through with BVN, and physical verification at the points of deployment in the states and the local government areas, are both transparent and impossible to abhor ghost beneficiaries, or any kind of fraud,” he asserted.
He noted that 93% of those selected had been screened through the BVN.