- The FG says the delay in payment of N-power was as a result of handing and taking over process of the programme
- Also, the government said the delay is connected to lack of proper exit plan for beneficiaries that enrolled in 2016
- Going further, the FG assured beneficiaries that the money owed them would be paid upon conclusion of the process
Following delay in payment to beneficiaries of N-Power programme across the country, the federal government has explained reasons for the current situation.
Speaking on the development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, minister of humanitarian affairs disaster management and social development, attributed the delay to the handing and taking over process of the programme.
Going further, she said that the delay is also connected to lack of proper exit plan for beneficiaries that enrolled in 2016.
She said the ministry is making efforts to develop an exit plan which was not in existence, The Nation reports.
Meanwhile, she assured beneficiaries that the money owed them would be paid upon conclusion of the handing over and taking over process.
She also added that the FG will continue to fund its Social Investment Programmes and ensure that it touches lives positively.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that there was disquiet among the beneficiaries of N-Power in Osun state over the delay in the payment of their monthly stipends and alleged forceful ejection of some volunteers from the scheme.
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Osun state, Ibrahim Akinola, who visited some places of primary assignment of the N-Power beneficiaries in the state, interacted with them and got first-hand information on what could have been responsible for the delay.
The N-Power is part of the government National Social Intervention Programme (NSIP) which commenced in 2015 with the initial 200,000 graduates and another 300,000 volunteers were also added in 2017, giving a total of 500,000 beneficiaries.
Speaking with Legit.ng, a beneficiary who didn't want his name in print, said the payment was very smooth and commendable initially before it became epileptic over a year ago, lamenting that none of them could voice out because of fear of being disengaged.
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