Five Months Owed Stipends Suffers Setback as OAGF Delays GIFMIS
Five Months Owed Stipends Suffers Setback as OAGF Delays GIFMIS: More than 14,200 Npower volunteers not paid for months may not receive their payment as promised this December as the Office of Accountant General of the Federation delays the process
It is not certain what triggers this, but source close to the office said, the Federal Government is still verifying the claims and details of the 14,200 volunteers affected
Another reason that might delay the payment of the 14,200 unpaid volunteers might be inadequate funds, lately the Federal Government is financially handicap to spend out of the planned budget
Exited unpaid volunteers have hinged on the processes made by Umar Sadiya, that all those owed with legitimate claim will be settled before the month of December runs out
Umar Farouq has briefed volunteers owed 5 months backlog, this disclosure were made on her verified Twitter handle on Tuesday.
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“I consider it necessary to give 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 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”.
She said she has signed off payment of both Batch A and B. No longer in jurisdiction but at the office of the Accountant General
Because of the change in payment Platform, it was discovered that some names also appear in other government payment vouchers.
Hopefully, before month ends all beneficiaries should have their payment but no longer at her office.
They are in talks with MDAs, State government and Private sectors for absorption.
For Batch C, 5.1 million applied
Screening to commence soon as only those qualified will be engaged. And they must be ready to sign for the stipulated time frame of the program