FACT CHECK: Has FG asked Nigerians to visit NDE offices for Empowerment Exercise?

VERDICT: False 

CLAIM: 

Since Friday, July 17, 2020, a WhatsApp message asking young Nigerians interested in applying for special public works programme circulated on the App.

The message urged the prospective applicants to visit offices of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) in their states to register for the programme.

Part of the message read, ‘’Please go to NDE office in your state and register for 774000 empowerment exercise going on now in the whole federation.’’ 

The messages also had addresses of the NDE State offices in 36 states of the Federation and the FCT.

FACT: 

The Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Mr Festus Keyamo, SAN, has announced that the details of the message are false.

Mr Keyamo also advised Nigerians to disregard the WhatsApp message as it did not emanate from the Nigerian government.

The Minister who tweeted on his verified Twitter account said the directive to go the state offices of the NDE will breach COVID-19 guidelines.

He also said the selection process would be done in Local Government areas and not in state NDE offices.

He wrote: ‘’Kindly disregard all messages directing people to go to NDE offices to register for the Special Public Works. This will breach COVID-19 guidelines and it will not ensure we strictly achieve the 1000 per LGA.”

Further findings by our fact-checkers show the Ministry has inaugurated twenty-member state committees in all states to coordinate the selection process in LGAs. They are to report for the process in three weeks.

CONCLUSION

The WhatsApp message urging applicants for the Special Works Programme to go to the state NDE offices is false and should be disregarded. The applications for the programme are to be submitted at the LGAs.

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.

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