The Delta State government has stated categorically that the process for the collection and return of the forms for the empowerment schemes already rolled- out, is free and in line with government’s “Prosperity For All” agenda, while the selection of participants will be strictly by merit in line with the fairness and equitable matrix of government.
This clarification was contained in a statement issued by Mr. Charles Aniagwu, Chief Press Secretary to the Delta State Governor and made available on July 22, 2015.
The statement titled: Delta State Empowerment Programme Not For Sale reads: “It has come to the notice of the Delta State Government that some unscrupulous individuals are going about especially on the social media trying to collect money from applicants for the Youth Empowerment programme while giving them fake promises and assurances of getting them slots in the programme. This is not only sad but negates the objectives of the programme.
“The state government wish to state for the avoidance of doubt that the process for the collection and return of the forms is free in line with government’s “Prosperity For All” agenda while the selection of participants will be strictly by merit in line with the fairness and equitable matrix of government.
“The state government want also to reiterate that the programme is free and as such nobody should pay money to anybody for the empowerment programme and any request for money should be duly reported to security agencies for necessary action.
“We are working in concert with security agencies to nib in the bud this fraudulent attempt to rip innocent and vulnerable deltans and deny them of the benefits of the government empowerment programme. Be rest assured anyone caught in this fraudulent acts will be made to face the full wrath of the law no matter his or her position”, the statement concluded.