- Humanitarian affairs minister, Sadiya Umar Farouq, has explained why some N-Power beneficiaries from Batches A and B are yet to be paid their outstanding arrears
- Farouq said the payment platform flagged them for getting double payments from both N-Power and NYSC
- The minister who also gave an update of the Batch C recruitment said those with pending arrears will be paid after the completion of an ongoing verification process
The minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, has explained why some N-Power beneficiaries from Batches A and B have not received their five months outstanding arrears of stipend.
Giving an update via her Twitter page on Tuesday, October 27, Farouq said the delay in the payment of the arrears was due to migration in payment platform by the Office of Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF) in March 2020.
Legit.ng gathers that 14,200 N-power beneficiaries were affected.
According to the minister, the 14,200 beneficiaries were flagged by the OAGF for receiving monthly payments from the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
Farouq explained that it is possible that the affected beneficiaries used their NYSC allowance bank accounts for N-Power thereby making the payment platform to pick them for double payment.
She said verification process is already ongoing at the state levels where the affected beneficiaries will present their NYSC certificates to confirm they were not getting double payments.
The minister gave an assurance that all legitimate claims and those on the verified list will be paid before the end of 2020.
The 14, 200 beneficiaries with outstanding arrears are from the 500,000 combined beneficiaries from Batches A and B that have already been exited.
Meanwhile, the minister said arrangements are being concluded to start the Batch C programme where other young Nigerians will participate.
According to Farouq, the N-Power programme has contributed significantly to Nigeria's socio-economic development.
She commended the past beneficiaries for their service to the nation.
The minister added:
"It is gratifying to note that N-Power achieved one of its core objectives of making beneficiaries self-reliant.
"I am proud to inform Nigerians that 109,000 among the 500,000 beneficiaries have gone to become business owners and some are already employers of labour."
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that humanitarian affairs minister explained to Nigerians how the federal government will choose the Batch C set of the N-Power scheme.
Through her special assistant on strategic communication, Halima Oyelade, Farouq said that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration will make sure due diligence is followed in the selection of the next set of employees in the programme.
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