OrderPaperToday – The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has denied a report that he was allocated N-Power recruitment slots alongside other lawmakers of the National Assembly.
An online newspaper, Sahara Reporters, had published a report informing that the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management made the allocation.
But in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ola Awoniyi on Saturday, Lawan advised the public to “totally disregard the fake and malicious publication in its entirety.”
The statement reads: “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 blandly and obliquely 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 mischievously credited by the publication to the Senate President.
“We urge the media to always strive to be factual in their reports and abide strictly by the ethics of their profession which require them to hear from all sides and objectively establish the facts, especially before publishing accusations capable of damaging the reputation of public officials.
“Finally, we firmly restate that the story in reference is malicious and should be disregarded.”
It is worthy to note that that a similar report emanated in 2019 informing that Lawan got 26 job slots for his constituents from the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), a claim which was neither denied nor confirmed.