Some Batches A and B beneficiaries of the Nigerian government’s famed N-Power scheme are criticising the Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to Sadiya Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.
The displeased erstwhile beneficiaries accuse the Minister’s aide of non-intervention in their plight.
Over 14, 000 N-Power Batches A and B beneficiaries are still in the dark regarding their five-month outstanding stipend arrears.
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Despite the promise by Farouq to pay all outstanding stipends of exited N-Power beneficiaries before the end of 2020, the Nigerian youths are still yet to get paid – 125 days after her pledge.
It would be recalled that Farouq had in a tweet on her verified Twitter handle in October 2020 assured former N-Power beneficiaries with “legitimate claims” that they’d be settled their arrears before the start of 2021. However that promise – like many pledges by Farouq and numerous Nigerian politicians – remains empty, AllNews’ findings through communication with several Batch A and B beneficiaries revealed.
“All legitimate claims and those on the verified list will be paid before the end of the year,” Farouq had stated in October 2020.
The non-payment of 14, 200 N-Power Batches A and B beneficiaries means that the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, as well as the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, have failed to account for N2,130,000,000 (two billion, one hundred and thirty million nairas
The Ministry of Finance is the governmental organisation that releases money meant for the payment of N-Power volunteers to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management. However, as at the time of publishing this report, AllNews cannot independently verify if the Ministry of Finance had released the fund and if Hajia Farouq is the one deliberately holding on to public money without reason.
Remarkably, the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, specifically, is trying to silently sweep aside the issue of the money.
The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs is saddled with the responsibility of facilitating the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) of the Federal Government.
Read some recent Twitter reactions from disgruntled ex-volunteers below:
Minister of @FMHDSD @Sadiya_farouq has expressed deep sorrow following the crash of a NAF Beechcraft KingAir B350i Aircraft on Sunday in Abuja.
“I’m deeply shocked & saddened by this tragic occurrence. I sympathize with NAF and families of those who lost their lives in the crash
— Nneka Ikem (@nnekaikem1) February 21, 2021
may there souls rest in peace.
but what is the hope of some of @npower_ng that ar yet to receive there 5months unpaid stipend from march 2020?
it's almost 1year nw that you av been telling us different series of lies. why ar you people in this ministry so heartless like this?OLE
— Olagunju Tosin (@OlagunjuTosin6) February 22, 2021
You said there was good news for those who their accounts were flagged, but till date we haven't seen nor hear anything from your ministry as regards to our backlogs. God is watching you guys……
— Terry (@DimStephen4) February 21, 2021
May their soul rest in peace.
Your ministry should do the needful and pay npower beneficiaries their backlogs. This is almost a year we've been complaining still the minister turned deaf ears to our plight.
— trippleccc (@3rippleccc) February 22, 2021