The senate leadership is in the news again, this time for the bad reasons as its leadership now enmeshed in scandal as it is been accused of N-power racketeering, amongst its membership.
The senate president Ahmad Lawan, was alleged to have been given some huge slots by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and disaster management but he has come out to deny the allegations. But he has come out to deny the allegations saying the ministry has not allocated any slot to him.
News making the round has it that some lawmakers printed out application forms from the portal of the N-Power scheme which is expected to be shared to the beneficiaries of the slots allocated to them.
Lawan, in a statement on Saturday by his Special Adviser on Media, Ola Awoniyi, said the publication which linked him to the claim was untrue. He stated in part that “We hereby advise members of the public to totally disregard the fake and malicious publication in its entirety as regards the Senate President. It should be noted that the fairytale only claimed that some lawmakers printed out application forms from the portal of the scheme but failed to provide any evidence that this was to fill its speculated allocated slots.
“We wish to stress that neither the Senate President nor this office has anything to do with the purported slots credited by the publication to the Senate President.”
It will be noted that the ministry opened the N-Power portal recently for young Nigerians to participate with some conditions for registration by new applicants.
The N-power scheme is the social investment scheme/programme introduced by President Buhari’s administration to empower the teeming youth and provide employment opportunity to cushion the effect of unemployment which is on the increase in the country as a lot of young Nigerians are currently out of job.