Speaker of the Bauchi state House of Assembly, Suleiman Abubakar has debunked a report that he was given some slots for the N-power programme of the federal government.
A press statement issued by the spokesperson of the speaker, Abdul Burra on Sunday said, the report published by an online newspaper, Sahara Reporters had claimed that his principal alongside the Senate president and federal lawmakers received N-power recruitment slots from the Minister of Disaster Management, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk.
He described the report as totally untrue and fake and wondered how Sahara Reporters, supposedly a professional media platform with more than three million followers will publish unverified, fictitious and unfounded information to mislead its readers.
According to Burra, a simple inquiry by the online platform would have confirmed that the printed application forms it used as evidence of the said allocation are data collection forms printed by the speaker to ease data entry at free N-power online application centres he provided in his Ningi Central Constituency to increase the chances of his constituents to get enrolled into the programme.
“We therefore, urge the public to disregard any report or information that Speaker Abubakar Suleiman got N-power recruitment slots,” he said.
Speaker Suleiman, advised Sahara Reporters to desist from the publication of fake and unsubstantiated information, and imbibe the ethics of journalism which include being factual, balanced and objective.
The speaker while commending President Muhammadu Buhari for the N-power initiative, urged youths in his constituency to rush to the three free N-power application centres he provided to apply for the programme which according to him will ameliorate the current economic hardship and reduce joblessness among the youths.