Npower Batch A/B: FG Begins Paying Backlog of N1.360bn To 9,066 volunteers

Following the planned 10,000 massive protests come 20th of September, 2021, the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development has swung into action in paying the 5 months stipend owed to over 14200 volunteers for 5 months

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Fear grips the office of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, headed by Umar Sadiya Farouq, and the office had no choice but to pay affected volunteers of batch A and B

The FG government has earmark N1.360Billion to pay some batch A and B volunteers owed for more than 5 months,

“Following the payment system challenges faced by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development which has been overcome, the Ministry has commenced the final payment of the arrears on the few outstanding allowances of Batches A and B of N-Power volunteers.

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“The accounts of these 14,021 volunteers were flagged in March 2020 by the Federal Government payment system – the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS) for various reasons including but not limited to:

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1) beneficiaries having multiple accounts, and

2) beneficiaries account for receiving other payments such as salaries and allowances from multiple Federal Government Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) on permanent employment or for participating in other schemes.

“These acts violate the regulations guiding the N-Power volunteer programme and could amount to gross misconduct and corruption.

The Ministry carried out a detailed investigation in collaboration with relevant government MDAs and so far the accounts of 9,066 volunteers were cleared for final payment.

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“Based on this reality, the 5 months allowance arrears of these volunteers, totaling N150,000.00 each, is currently being paid.

The allowances of the remaining 4,955 are withheld pending the conclusion of further investigation.

Where clear violations of the agreements are established, such violators will be subjected to appropriate sanctions as stipulated by the law.

Contrary to some insinuations in the public domain, this process is a clear demonstration of the Ministry’s resolve to address this unfortunate incidence in a transparent manner for accountability and to forestall its future occurrence.

As it has consistently maintained, the investigation carried”

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