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Senate panel to review suspension of N-Power

The federal government’s decision to suspend the N-Power scheme will be reconsidered, according to the Senate Committee on Special Duties.

The federal government has suspended the scheme and launched an investigation, according to Betta Edu, minister of humanitarian affairs and poverty reduction, who made the announcement on Sunday.

One of the social investment initiatives (SIPs) established by the government of the late President Muhammadu Buhari to alleviate unemployment in the nation is N-Power.

The committee’s chairman, Kaka Shehu, stated he would demand the N-Power be reinstated if the investigation reveals that the suspension was not in Nigerians’ best interests.

He stated that after hearing from the pertinent ministries, divisions, and agencies (MDAs), the committee would respond appropriately.

“For now, I’m yet to receive the official briefing on the suspension and the substitution of a new programme,” Shehu said on Wednesday during the inauguration of the committee.

“I don’t want to comment on that but as a lawmaker saddled with the responsibility of this committee, I will study the enabling law that brought N-power as well as the bill that is before us that scaled second reading.

“If there is no overlap and it is out, and the suspension was in the best interest of Nigerians, I will allow it to go.

“But where the suspension is not in the best interest of Nigerians, you will see me shouting on the floor that we should bring it back.

“I will not comment on whether we are going to investigate or not until after receiving briefs from the relevant MDAs.”

The senate is currently considering a bill that would move SIPs from the humanitarian ministry to the presidency.

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