- The leadership of the N-Power scheme has been called to give an account of monies spent since 2016
- The House of Representatives on Wednesday, June 17, quizzed the programme's leadership on inconsistency in the expenditures since its inception
- The agency submitted that it has spent N474,961,312,112.42 so far, but its assistant director, Nsikak Okon, presented N421,525,909,355 in a document
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The House of Representatives has expressed worry over the inconsistency in the money (N474,961,312,112.42) spent by the N-Power scheme since 2016.
When questioned by the House on Wednesday, June 17, the assistant director of N-Power, Nsikak Okon, spoke on behalf of the scheme, This Day reports.
Whereas Okon informed the House that N421,525,909,355 has been spent in four years, the agency had stipulated that the sum of N474,961,312,112.42 was expended since inception.
Called upon to give details of the expenditure and explain the discrepancy between both sums, Okon pointed out that there was a typographical error on the last page of the submission, adding that it is supposed to be N421,575,909,355.
He explained: “What happened is that if you look at October 2016, it suppose to have terminated October to December 2016 but we had it scrolled to 2016 total giving us 56 billion.”
The N-Power assistant director said that the total number of youths employed in the scheme is 500,000 throughout the 774 local government areas in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that some N-Power volunteers across the country were reportedly threatening to embark on peaceful demonstrations and later go on strike if their January allowances are not paid now.
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Osun state, Ibrahim Akinola, who spoke with some of the volunteers, reports that they alleged that the programme had become a nightmare since the Social Investment Programme (SIP) was moved from the office of the vice president to the ministry of humanitarian affairs and disaster management.
According to the report, they accused the minister, Sadiya Farouq, of sabotaging the federal government efforts of poverty alleviation through various programmes under the SIP.
Speaking with Legit.ng, a beneficiary of the scheme, Tolani from Osun state, asked the minister to resign over the failure of her ministry to pay the stipends of the volunteers as and when due.
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