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Ignore Facebook posts claiming Nigerian government is giving out N250,000 ‘empowerment’ grants

IN SHORT: Several Facebook posts claim that the Nigerian government is offering N250,000 empowerment grants to all citizens. But that’s not true.

The Facebook page Jobs and Travels claims that the Nigerian government is giving out an empowerment grant of N250,000 to all Nigerians. 

One of the page’s posts, dated 5 May 2024, invites interested users to “Submit Application today” and provides a link where they can supposedly apply for the grant. 

The post includes a graphic with an image of Nigeria’s former minister of budget and economic planning Zainab Ahmed

Similar posts can be found here and here. (Note: See more instances of the claim at the end of the report.) 

Africa Check has debunked similar claims here, here and here. But is this one different? We checked.

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It’s a scam

Ahmed is no longer minister of budget and economic planning and would not be involved in the disbursement of grants from the Nigerian government. We therefore found it suspicious that the graphic included her photo.

The post claims that the government is giving out N250,000 but the accompanying graphic mentions “free N70,000 monthly”. This discrepancy is another red flag.

We clicked on the link provided in the Facebook post and it took us to a website about “US visa sponsorship opportunities”. The website makes no mention of grants or the Nigerian government.

This is a classic example of engagement bait. These are usually social media posts that ask people to interact by liking, commenting or sharing. It increases the post’s reach but there is no reward. The posts are usually aimed at directing more people to a website or social media account.

It’s also strange that no credible media outlet reported on the so-called grant. Such an announcement by the government would've been widely covered as it would've benefited many Nigerians.

For tips on how to protect yourself, read our guide to Facebook scams and how to spot them here.

Similar posts can be found on Facebook here and here.

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