OrderPaperToday – A House of Representatives Member, Mr. Umar Lawal Muda has expressed concerns over the challenges and difficulties his constituents and other Nigerians encounter in order to get registered for the for the federal government’s social welfare. programmme, N-Power.
The lawmaker faulted the processes and said such would further deprive persons in rural areas from participating in the program due to lack of internet connection and also non-availability of financial institutions.
He also argued that not all potential applicants had bank accounts and therefore could not boast of the Bank Verification Number (BVN) code as part of the requirements for the N-Power registration.
Mr. Muda made the following comments on his Twitter handle on Friday.
According to him, “The N-Power Program is said to be “open for all” regardless of education and social status, but it doesn’t provide any alternative to Online Application. I’m concerned that there are (still) people and places in our constituencies that aren’t internet savvy #Npower2020Recruitment.
“Many areas with very poor or no internet connection. Most of our people in the rural areas doesn’t deal with banks and are therefore not enrolled in the BVN system. Some of them have to travel long distance to access internet services. #JoinTask.
“Among many other reasons why rural dwellers are disadvantaged and left out of government’s social welfare and protection programmes. As such, it’s our collective responsibility to fill the gaps and create a level playing ground for everyone. #ToroOnTheMap”
Honourable Umar Muda represents Toro federal constituency of Bauchi State. He is one of the youngest lawmakers in the 9th House of Representatives. He has moved motions calling for youth development and empowerment and also has a bill in that regard.