BY ADEYEMI AKANJI, BAUCHI – Speaker of the Bauchi State House of Assembly, Hon. Abubakar Y Suleiman has described as untrue and fake insinuations that his office received N-Power recruitment slots from the Minister of Disaster Management, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk.
Apart from the Bauchi State Speaker, the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan and other federal lawmakers also denied receiving N-Power recruitment slots from the minister.
The Speaker wondered how a news medium, (not Forefront News) supposedly a professional media platform, with more than 3 million followers, will publish unverified, fictitious and unfounded information to mislead its readers.
In a statement by his media aide, Abdul Ahmad Burra, the Speaker advised journalists in the country to always take the pain to verify stories before rushing to the press in order not to feed the public with fake and half-baked stories.
The statement further said; “A simple inquiry will have confirmed to the medium 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 chance 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”.
Suleiman, who said he is one of the readers of Sahara Reporters for many years, said the medium will do better by desisting from publication of fake and unsubstantiated information and imbibing the ethics of journalism which include being factual, balance and objective.
While commending President Muhammadu Buhari for the initiative, Hon Suleiman urged youths in his Ningi Central Constituency to rush to the three free N-power Application Centres he provided to apply for the programme which noted will ameliorate the current economic hardship and reduce joblessness among youths.