FG to pay N-Power beneficiaries October, November stipends soon
By our correspondent
N-Power beneficiaries, who were enrolled in 2016 and are yet to be exited 16 months after their contract elapsed, will be paid their October and November stipends soon, the Federal Government said on Monday.
The beneficiaries’ stipends were delayed for two month, a situation that has lead to agitation and outcry.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, made this known while briefing newsmen on the recent agitations and outcry against the non-approval of the beneficiaries’ October and November stipends.
Mrs Farouq said: “With regards to recent agitations and outcry against the non – approval of payments of October and November, 2019 stipends to N-Power beneficiaries, the Ministry wishes to reaffirm its commitment to ensuring that beneficiaries of all the Social Investment Programmes access interventions designed for them within the stipulated guidelines.”
According to her, there are information gaps with regards the monitoring and evaluation mechanism and framework of the N–Power and the GEEP programmes., adding that some officials of NSIP are of the view that the programmes should be completely restructured.
She added: “The Ministry is currently engaging the NSIP Cluster heads for clarifications; in essence, the handover and taking process is still ongoing.”
“The N-Power beneficiaries enrolled in 2016 are yet to be exited 16 months after the elapse of their contract; they are supposed to have been graduated to a more productive venture and the Ministry is currently making efforts to develop an exit strategy, which is non-existent.”
She, however, assured all N- Power beneficiaries and indeed all Nigerians of the Ministry’s commitment to Mr. President’s promise to stem poverty in the country as well as lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years.
She explained: “The Ministry also wishes to assure all beneficiaries that all arrears will be paid as soon as the handing and taking processes are concluded and the grey areas are addressed.”
She minister also allayed fears that the programme would be scrapped.
She said: “There should be no apprehension with regards to the continuity or sustainability of the SIP as the government will continue to adequately fund them and ensure that they reach the beneficiaries and touch lives positively.”