10 reasons we are yet to pay N-Power volunteers - FG (infograph)

10 reasons we are yet to pay N-Power volunteers - FG (infograph)

- The Federal Government on Thursday July 20 gave reasons for the delay and non-payment of some of the volunteers on the N-Power programme

- FG made the revelations during a live chat with the senior special assistant to the president on job creation and youth employment Afolabi Imoukhuede

- The reasons listed by the federal government are 10 in number

The Federal Government has given reasons for the delay and non-payment of some of the volunteers on the N-Power programme.

In a recent release by the programme some of the existing beneficiaries are yet to receive their payments.

The programme in its statement said it learnt about a few challenges causing the delay of payment.

N-Power said the 10 major challenges were gathered from a live chat with the senior special assistant to the president on job creation and youth employment Afolabi Imoukhuede.

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Below are the 10 major reasons as listed by N-Power programme:

1. Physical verification for 2016 selected beneficiaries started in December and closed on March 12.

2. Physical verification was done against your age, quaulification and place of residence.

3. A qualified N-Power beneficiary is one who passed physical verification in all three fronts.

4. Some states erroneously deployed everyone sent to them for physical verification. Without physical verification on all the fronts, payments will not be made to such people.

5. Physically verified applicants were further subjected to Nigeria Interbank Settlement Scheme (NIBSS) validation. This is the process where NIBSS compares the record a beneficiary gave us on the portal to the record they have that is tied to your BVN.

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6. 130,814 beneficiaries were validated by NIBSS and those beneficiaries have received complete payment, month on month for the singular reason that the details we have on their BVN locator in NIBSS matched the details they provided us on the portal.

7. 33,000 whose records didn't pass the NIBSS validation should have been disqualified. But the president and the vice president extended this grace that the team work with you (applicants), month on month to validate you till you are able to receive payment, and that's what we mean when we say you are NIBSS verified.

8. As at the end of May, we had 163,500 qualified beneficiaries. So it means that month on month we add on as many people that come to update their account. Once you update your account and we pass it to NIBSS and you are validated, you get paid for that month, then we take you on for the next month.

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So what you notice is that once you get your first payment, for example, if you get your first payment in the month of March, you will continue to get April, May, June and we will then work to pay you your backlogs.

9. Possible scenarios why you may not have been getting paid:

a. Unmatched BVN

b. Matching BVN, but your names don't match. At least two names provided on the portal must match with the BVN records provided for you to be paid.

c. The bank account given is not linked to BVN. Beneficiary didn't link BVN to his bank account.

d. Beneficiaries gave no NUBAN account number. What is a NUBAN accunt? NUBAN is the National Uniform Banking Account Number which is a 10-digit account number, not the 14, 15, 16 we used to have before. So if you gave us a non-NUBAN account number you also cannot be paid.

e. Beneficiaries provided accounts that were set up during your NYSC, that was profiled not to take more than N19,000, so when we try to pay N30,000, the banks return your money saying that the account cannot receive that amount of money.

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10. We are currently working to sort out all of your payment issues for 11,540 beneficiaries.

Legit.ng earlier reported that the federal government said it will release a whistle blower policy for the N-Power programme.

The policy, FG said, will enable it expose all those using the N-Power programme as a secondary source of income.

The government also warned individual involved in the criminal act to desist from such activities.

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Nnenna Ibeh Nnenna Ibeh is a journalist with over 10 years of experience with various media organisations including Premium Times. Being on the front burner of reporting politics and the different dimensions of governance, she is also passionate about girls' education and women's and children's health. With degrees in Journalism, Peace Studies & Conflict Res., and Dev. Studies, Nnenna has worked in the dev. sector as a communications officer for the Centre for Democracy and Dev. email: ibehnnenna@gmail.com

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