Npower Payment Suffers setback for Five Month Owed Stipends Greetings reader, and compliments of the season. Today’s topic is all about Npower Stipends and why the delay in them. So lets look briefly into it. In a meeting just concluded, it is said that more than 14,200 Npower volunteers that have not been paid for months may not receive their payment as promised this December as the Office of Accountant General of the Federation delays the process. Strange right? Lets see why.
What is the Reason for the OAGF’s Delay in Stipends Payment?
It is quite uncertain as to what triggers this said delay in stipends payment, but sources inside and close to the office said, the Federal Government is still trying to verify the claims and details of the 14,200 volunteers affected. Wow.
While the above reason is still uncertain and may not exactly be the reason or only reason as to why the Office of Accountant General of the Federation is putting a delay to the stipends payment, another reason might be inadequate funds, Yes, we all know that lately the Federal Government is financially handicapped to spend out of the planned budget for the year 2021. So this is yet another uncertain suggested reason as to why the stipends are being delayed.
Prior to this time, we all know exited unpaid volunteers have all held on the processes made by Umar Sadiya, that all those owed with legitimate claim will be settled before the month of December runs out. This kept high hopes in the minds of exited volunteers.
Tuesday, 15th 2020, taking to her official Twitter handle, Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Umar Farouq had briefed volunteers that are owed 5 months backlog, in her own words..
“I consider it necessary to give status update regarding the outstanding arrears of stipend to the 14,200 N-power cohorts from Batch A and B,”.
“From the onset, the N-Power programme was designed to run for 24 months
“Out of the 500,000 combined beneficiaries from Batch A and B only 14,200 have 5 months outstanding stipend arrears.
“The delay in the payment of the arrears arose due to platform migration from NIBSS to GIFMIS by the Office of Accountant General of the Federation in March 2020.
“From the consolidated list of beneficiaries we received from the OAGF in September, the 14,200 beneficiaries with arrears of stipend were flagged for receiving monthly payment from other MDAs, particularly from the NYSC.
“It is possible that the 14,200 beneficiaries used their NYSC allowance bank accounts for N-Power and GIFMIS payment platform picked them for double payment.
“We have initiated State verification process with State N-Power Focal Officers.
“The 14,200 affected beneficiaries will present their NYSC certificates for final verification after which we will present an updated list to OAGF to pay off their 5 months arrears.
“All legitimate claims and those on verified list will be paid before the end of the year”.Speaking on,she said she has signed off payment of both Batch A and B and she was no longer in jurisdiction but it was now at the office of the Accountant General.
Owing to some of the changes in payment Platform, it was discovered that some names also appear in other government payment vouchers. Hopefully, before month ends all beneficiaries should have their payment but no longer at her office.
They are in talks with MDAs, State government and Private sectors for absorption and optimum payment of the owed stipends. It you also interest you that a total of 5.1million Nigerians applied for the Batch C recruitment. Wooow.
Screening to commence soon as only those qualified will be engaged. And they must be ready to sign for the stipulated time frame of the program. Expect payment soon.
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