But the scheme in a post on Twitter swiftly debunked such reports, assuring applicants that its site was very safe and has not been hacked.
Please note that NO Ministry/NPower Official will call you to request for your details. Do NOT give your details over the phone to anyone, input them on any link and share them with strangers.
Do NOT also make payment to anyone. Application is FREE.
— N-Power (@npower_ng) June 28, 2020
Reacting further in a statement on Sunday night, the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, through its Deputy Director Information, Rhoda Iliya, said the NPower portal was secure.
“The Ministry will like to assure Nigerians that the N-Power portal is secured and no data has been compromised,” it said.
The Ministry also urged Nigerians between the ages of 18 and 35 with or without formal education to apply for a slot in the new programme.
The statement read in part: “Inline with the ongoing N-POWER Batch C online application which commenced Friday, June 26, 2020, the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development, hereby announces that over 1,000,000 applications have been received from across the Federation in less than 48 hours after the Honourable Minister, Sadiya Umar Farouq declared open the new N-Power Portal on the Ministry’s website.
“The Ministry wishes to reiterate that all young Nigerians between the ages of 18-35 with or without formal education can apply for a slot in the new program which would be very focused on agriculture.
“The number of applications so far received is an indication of the number of our youths who need jobs and the confidence in the program.
“The Ministry will continue to collaborate with its technical partners to provide timely support to all applicants.
“The selection process would be fair and transparent and the public would also be carried along at every stage.”