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5 Months Owed Stipends:  22,549 Bank Statements Verified- Payment Next: Both the Office of Accountant General of the Federation and the Humanitarian Ministry has succeeded in verifying over 22,549 bank statements manually. A source close to NSIP disclosed this to Npower Focal officers Today in Abuja

Verifying bank statements manually have delayed the process, and extend the “pay day” of genuine volunteers flagged off by GIFMIS  

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Over 25,200 volunteers submitted their credentials and bank statements, these documents underwent manual verification and authentication, a complex situation that consumes time

The Humanitarian Ministry claimed 14,200 Npower Volunteers were flagged off by GIFMIS, but the numbers of banks statements submitted by both volunteers flagged off by GIFMIS and those on “hold or absconded” as status, inflated the figure to over 25,000

Source also disclosed that Batch A volunteers not paid at the initial or early stage of the programme due to unmatching Bank account name and BVN Name also submitted the bank statement, thus inflating the number far above 14,200

All affected volunteers will be paid their long awaited 5 months stipends accordingly in no distant time, as verification is coming to an end

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Affected volunteers with a legitimate claim will surely laugh last and laugh best, as the verification is more valid evidence of GIFMIS truly flagging off and rejected many volunteers without a course

Umar Sadiya Farouq, the current minister of the Humanitarian Ministry has limited capacity to play in this process, the whole bulk of this verification is solely done by the Office of Accountant General

In her precise words last year:

“I consider it necessary to give a status update regarding the outstanding arrears of stipend to the 14,200 N-power cohorts from Batch A and B,” the minister said.

From the outset, the N-Power programme was designed to run for 24 months

Out of the 500,000 combined beneficiaries from Batch A and B only 14,200 have 5 months outstanding stipend arrears.

“The delay in the payment of the arrears arose due to platform migration from NIBSS to GIFMIS by the Office of Accountant General of the Federation in March 2020.

“From the consolidated list of beneficiaries we received from the OAGF in September, the 14,200 beneficiaries with arrears of stipend were flagged for receiving a monthly payment from other MDAs, particularly from the NYSC

“It is possible that the 14,200 beneficiaries used their NYSC allowance bank accounts for N-Power and GIFMIS payment platform picked them for double payment.

“We have initiated State verification process with State N-Power Focal Officers.

The 14,200 affected beneficiaries will present their NYSC certificates for final verification after which we will present an updated list to OAGF to pay off their 5 months arrears

All legitimate claims and those on verified list will be paid before the end of the year”