Npower Stipend Payment Issues 14020 Volunteers Accused Of Irregularities Prior to the recently embarked protest by N-Power volunteers in Abuja yesterday Thursday, 23rd July 2020, the humanitarian Ministry Deputy Director for Information, Mrs Rhoda Ishaku Iliya have stated that about 14,020 Npower beneficiaries are the cause of the various irregularities they have been found to have indulged in.
Yes you read well, as the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs has indicted 14, 020 N-Power beneficiaries of being the cause of the delay in the payment of their stipends arising from irregularities they were found to have indulged in. This was contained in a statement which was signed by Deputy Director (Information), Rhoda Ishaku Iliya in her office today Friday 24th July, 2020.
Furiously speaking, she had stated also in her statement, the ministry indicated that the Office of the Accountant–General of the Federation (OAGF) discovered that the said Npower beneficiaries’ account details were already existing in other MDAs and as such, forms of Irregularities.
This she said caused the delay as the irregularity is against the established rule of the NPower programme. “For many months now, especially since the exit of the Batch B N-Power programme, beneficiaries have lamented non-payment of their stipends for months by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, saddled with the responsibility of facilitating the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) of the Federal Government,” Iliya said.
“The attention of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development have been drawn to the complaint of non-payment of some N-Power beneficiaries during the last exercise, with some alleging non-payment for upward of four months.
For the records, the Ministry wishes to state that it had always processed, approved and remit necessary information for payments to the Office of the Accountant–General of the Federation (OAGF), whose responsibility it is to credit the various accounts of the beneficiaries using the GIFMIS platform as directed by FGN.
“However, 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.
“A total of Fourteen Thousand and Twenty (14,020) beneficiaries were returned because the beneficiaries’ account details already existed in other MDAs, which is against the established rule of the N-Power programme. This is verifiable.
“The Honourable Minister, Sadiya Umar Farouq, regrets any inconvenience this might have caused genuine and eligible beneficiaries just as the OAGF saddled with the responsibility of filtering out those denied is working assiduously to remedy the situation.”