It has been tales of woes for many N-Power’s applicants as the physical verification exercise for shortlisted batch c beneficiaries appears to have turned to survival of the fittest in some of the stipulated centres.
A visit to a centre located in Bwari Area Council secretariat, Abuja on Thursday, revealed how hundreds of applicants holding tightly to their documentsas as they ‘battle’ each other to get access to the verification officer, who was visibly overwhelmed by the crowd.
Some of the applicants told PlatinumPost that they arrived at the centre as early as 4:am but were still unattended to as at 3pm.
“I came here by 4am all the way from Ushafa. I paid N1,000 to the bikeman to take me here because itwas too early. But as I’m talking to you, there is no hope they will attend to me, because the crowd is too much and I don’t have strength to fight my way inside the (verification) office, ” the applicant, who simply identified himself as John said.
A nursing mother, Funmi Ojo, also told PlatinumPost that she was even finding it difficult to put her name on the list, even as she appealed to the relevant authorities to employ more to carry out the verification exercise.
“Many people are here from Dutse, Mpape, DeiDei, Dawaki and others and only two people are doing the verification of documents. It is not fair.
“To even write my name so that I will have any hope that they may attend to me is difficult. People are just fighting each other for the list,” she said.
PlatinumPost reports that the huge crowd that were at the verification centre also ignored COVID-19 protocols as many of them were without face mask.
PlatinumPost reports that the exercise which begin in most centres this week is expected to end on 24 September, 2021.
Only shortlisted N-Power Batch C stream 1 applicants are taking part in the physical and documents verification exercise in designated places in the country.