Coronavirus: Please pay our March stipend - N-Power beneficiaries beg FG

Coronavirus: Please pay our March stipend - N-Power beneficiaries beg FG

- Some beneficiaries of N-Power have appealed to the FG to pay their March stipend

- N-Power is a programme under FG's National Social Investment Programme

- The beneficiaries, however, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the payment

The N-Power beneficiaries under the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) in Kogi, on Tuesday, April 14, have begged the federal government to pay their stipend for March 2020.

Some of the beneficiaries in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lokoja said the payment of the stipend would enable them to take care of their needs during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Legit.ng gathered that N-power-teach beneficiary, James Abayomi, said that the non-payment of their March stipend had brought untold hardship to them.

He urged President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the payment, noting that the programme, which the president initiated had “really helped us a lot."

Another beneficiary of N-power-Agro, Abdullahi Umar, decried the delay in the payment of their monthly stipends, especially under the new ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development.

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Umar urged the minister in the ministry, Hajiya Sadiya Farouk, to address the challenge without any further delay.

Coronavirus: N-Power beneficiaries beg FG to pay March stipend
Some N-Power beneficiaries
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“Our stipend was not delayed when the programme was under the Office of the Vice President; so, we are calling on the minister to address the issue once and for all,’’ Umar said.

On her part, Felicia Oladele, a teacher at Army Day Children School, Lokoja, said: "We are begging the minister to pay our March stipend to enable us to buy food.

Asking us to stay at home without paying our March stipend is impacting negatively on us; we celebrated the Easter on empty stomach."

Also, Florence Ameh, an N-teach beneficiary, said the non-payment of March stipend made it difficult for her to contribute toward taking care of her family needs amidst the COVID-19 stay at home directive.

“The payment of March 2020 stipend of N30,000 each to about 500,000 beneficiaries would have been one of the stimulus packages for COVID-19. But up till now, we have not been paid,’’ she said.

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In a chat with NAN, the Unit Head of N-Power programme in Kogi, Femi Bolaji, called on the beneficiaries to exercise patience, assuring them that their March stipend would soon be paid.

“When I reached out to the Abuja office to get an update last week, I was informed that the March 2020 stipend would be paid soon. The ministry enjoined us to encourage the volunteers to exercise some patience," he said.

Bolaji admonished the beneficiaries in the state to be patient as the minister and her team was working round the clock to get the March 2020 stipend paid.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Jesse Otegbayo, the chief medical director of the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, made some insightful revelation into how he battled coronavirus as a patient.

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On March 29, previously reported that the UCH medical director tested positive to COVID-19 and urged those who have had contact with him to go into isolation.

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