On Thursday, July 9, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development spotted a WhatsApp broadcast informing applicants for the N-Power Agro of an upcoming 15 minutes e-test.
According to the message, a link to the test has been sent via email to all successful candidates for the programme.
The message also encouraged all applicants who registered for the N-Power Agro to check their emails for details and link.
The message read in part: “Please kindly inform those who applied for N-Agro for the ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development via N-Power to check their mail immediately.”
“A message requesting them to write a 15 mins test has been sent. Please help circulate this information to save a volunteer,” it added.
An investigation by fact-checkers at the CDD revealed that the purported claim is false.
Check on N-Power platforms and websites also showed that at no point was such directive or announcement made by the Federal Government.
Also, a short statement released on July 7, 2020, by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management on the N-Power social media platforms proved that the message did not emanate from the FG.
To further respond to the claim, N-Power said: “Disregard any information that did not originate from our verified channels. Any information making rounds about an assessment schedule should not be considered FAKE NEWS”.
The claim that there is a scheduled e-test for N-Power Agro applicants is false.
According to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, the general public should disregard such rumour and only consider information from its verified channels.
CDD, therefore, urges members of the public to always verify all information before disseminating them.
You can also forward suspicious messages for verification at +2349062910568 or contact us on twitter: @CDDWestAfrica.