Nigerian Government Begins Payment Of NPower Beneficiaries After SaharaReporters’ Story

The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has begun the cost of arrears of allowances for batches A and B of the 2016 and 2018 volunteers of the N-Power programme nationwide. 

Earlier within the week, SaharaReporters had revealed that the dismissed and unpaid volunteers had been planning to carry a nationwide protest over the shortcoming of the federal government to pay them. 

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SaharaReporters had additionally printed the grievances of the volunteers who had been being owed 5 months’ stipends, and likewise the exit bundle of the disengaged Ń-Power volunteers. 

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This made the volunteers to name for the sack of the minister, Hajiya Sadiya Farouk, whom they believed lacked competence to deal with their matter. 

Earlier this week, the National President of the affected Ń-Power disengaged beneficiaries, Comrade Bashir Gobir, knowledgeable SaharaReporters of their deliberate nationwide strike to kick off on Monday. 

But the step by the federal government to start paying them was revealed in an announcement issued by the Permanent Secretary within the Ministry, Alhaji Bashir Alkali, on Friday in Abuja.

Alkali mentioned the accounts of those 14,021 volunteers had been flagged in March 2020 by the Federal Government cost system, the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System for varied causes.

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According to him, the explanations embrace beneficiaries holding a number of financial institution accounts and receiving different funds reminiscent of salaries and allowances from a number of Federal Government ministries, division and companies on everlasting employment.

Alkali clarified that these acts breached the laws guiding the N-Power volunteer programme and will quantity to gross misconduct and corruption.

The ministry carried out investigation in partnership with related authorities MDAs and thus far the accounts of 9,066 volunteers had been cleared for last cost.

Alkali mentioned, “Based on this reality, the five months allowance arrears of these volunteers, totaling N150,000 each, is currently being paid. They have started receiving credit alerts today.

“The allowances of the remaining 4,955 are withheld pending conclusion of further investigation. Where clear violations of the agreements are established, such violators will be subjected to appropriate sanctions as stipulated by the law.

“Contrary to some insinuations in the public domain, this process is a clear demonstration of the ministry’s resolve to address this unfortunate incidence in a transparent manner for accountability and to forestall its future occurrence.

“As it has consistently maintained, the investigation carried out by the ministry is in the best interest of the country and has the major goal of institutionalising the National Social Investment Programme.” 

He mentioned that the essence was to make sure the programme’s environment friendly administration consistent with President Muhammadu Buhari’s resolve to make sure transparency and accountability in its implementation always.

Alkali mentioned, “The ministry regrets the delays experienced in concluding this process, but assures the public that transparency and accountability cannot be compromised in all its activities.”

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