About 500,000 volunteers of the Federal Government of Nigeria’s N-Power programme are yet to get paid their June/July stipends, Afriupdate understands.
The disengaged N-Power beneficiaries are paid a monthly stipend of ₦30,000, meaning over fifteeen billion naira (₦15,077,400,000) budgeted to be expended as remuneration by the Nigerian government for June stipends has not been paid to both Batch A and Batch B Beneficiaries till date.
Batch A were exited on June 30th, while Batch B Beneficiaries who were exited on Friday, 31st of July, 2020, have not been paid neither their June nor July stipends. That’s 9 billion naira for the Batch B beneficiares not settled – as the Federal Government has repeatedly and publicly put their number at 300,000.
Making known in Abuja about six days ago in a press release, Sadiya Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development stated that no fewer than 502,580 youths have been genuinely enrolled into the National Social Investment Programme of the federal government.
According to Farouq, the N-Power programme is aimed at driving skill development and job creation for unemployed youths between the ages of 18 and 35.
“After receiving complaints of non-payment by some beneficiaries, who did same through the ministry, the OAGF (GIFMIS) officially wrote informing the ministry that out of a total of Five Hundred and Sixteen Thousand, Six Hundred (516,600) N-Power beneficiaries data sent to OAGF for migration in April, 2020, only a total of Five Hundred and Two Thousand, Five Hundred and Eighty (502,580) data have successfully migrated to the GIFMIS platform,” Farouq had said while explaining the delay in June stipend payment.
At the present time, two days into the new month of August, beneficiaries are still waiting to be paid for June and July.
Since the transfer of the National Social Investment Programme (N-SIP) to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development in October 2019, N-Power beneficiaries’ pay has not been regular, this online news medium gathered from several volunteers.
Today is the second day of August yet, beneficiaries have not been paid their June stipend as well as July stipend.
It would be recalled that no fewer than 2,000 beneficiaries of the famed programme, on Wednesday, held a ‘Thank You Rally’ to the Presidential Villa over the success of the N-Power scheme and other Social Intervention Programmes in the country.
Meanwhile, some N-Power beneficiaries refuted their claim, they alleged that they are not real beneficiaries of the Federal Government’s N-Power programme. The beneficiaries denied existence of N-Power Beneficiaries Forum and insist that the protesters are “Thugs” hired by Minister Farouq to counter the real beneficiaries protest held last week.
Check out some recent comments from beneficiaries below:
The minister of Humanitarian affairs and disaster management is toying with the lives of Nigerian graduates.
Pay NPOWER volunteers their stipend don't hire thugs for protest that you are doing well in office.#Npowerdeservepermanency https://t.co/ybggR5COg2
— Egbayelo Gbenro Monday (@MondayGbenro) July 29, 2020
This is to inform you that honourable minister of disaster rented crowd yesterday to hold thank you rally in order to counter real npower protest held last Thursday. She is yet to pay us June and July stipend despite Sallah celebration. She is highly incompetent. https://t.co/D0gCiGxvtN
— Temitayo Heybee (@Heybeedot_fad) July 30, 2020
God wil forgive this country, some borrowed people acting like npower beneficiaries went to thank humanitarian minister of her good work wen 500, 000 beneficiaries of the current npower have not being paid there june and july stipend. God wil fight for us if nobody fight for us
— Adebayo Tunde (@Adebayo57577842) July 29, 2020
Original Npower beneficiaries debunk dis @Sadiya_farouq sponsored report from @vanguardngrnews as untrue news coming frm enemies of progress to dis administration @FMHDSD @Sadiya_farouq @npower_ng owing over 80,000 beneficiaries 4 months stipend, @LeadershipNGA @SaharaReporters https://t.co/5afiPxM8Fm
— Alawaye1 (@Alawaye101) July 29, 2020
Hon. Minister of humanitarian she is a devil with evil mind sallah is now in every where she haven't pay npower beneficiaries June stipend let alone of July she is inhumane. Has will rely on the stipend and she refuses to pay us it.
She will suffer for the rest of her life ⭕
— sico system (@Bensico3) July 29, 2020
@Sadiya_farouq will see shame in her entire public work life . For her to rent crowd to fight @npower_ng batch A and B, is the height of her callousness and wickedness but God will giveher war. #pay #npowerdeservepermanency our June and July Stipend @Sadiya_farouq
— Godswill Bassey (@GodswillBaz) July 30, 2020
You that is replying message, you are following the wicked heart of Sadiya now. Because, you people use to reply to stipend matters. But now, you are doing as if you are not seeing our demand for our stipend Batch B. June and July stipend yet unpaid.
— ogidigbo stanley (@ogidigbostanley) July 29, 2020