Some beneficiaries of the Nigerian government’s N-Power initiative are saying that contrary to what was claimed by Nneka Ikem, the Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to Sadiya Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, that hundreds of Batches A and B beneficiaries have been cleared for payment of the 5-month arrears of their stipends, they are yet to receive or see any evidence.
Mrs Nneka Ikem, on Wednesday morning posted on her known Twitter handle that 8,900 N-Power beneficiaries out of the 14, 200 owed volunteers have been cleared for stipends’ settlement.
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Ikem revealed that “an SMS has been sent to you, so quickly log into https://nexit-fmhds.cbn.gov.ng/auth/login to join others for the next level of empowerment.”
Several affected bonafide N-Power Batch A and B beneficiaries, and they all disputed Ikem’s claim.
“Lies. Propaganda is what they thrive on,” a former beneficiary, based in Lagos, who simply identified himself as Bright told this reporter in a chat.
Breaking news! 8900 @npower_ng Batches A and B beneficiaries have been cleared for payment of their 5 months arrears of their stipends. An sms has been sent to you, so quickly log into https://t.co/QRfTaEjRSj to join others for the next level of empowerment.
— Nneka Ikem (@nnekaikem1) April 7, 2021
Another affected ex-beneficiary, Yetunde Ajayi, from Ekiti State, told this reporter via phone that she didn’t get any notification to indicate she has been cleared for payment.
Yomi Adebola, a Lagos-based erstwhile beneficiary told this reporter the same thing on phone.
Below are responses from other affected ex-beneficiaries:
Bilyaminu Maradun from Zamfara State: “I’m yet to receive any SMS or e-mail and I’m among backlogs.”
Oluseye Tolulope: “I am part of the unpaid beneficiaries and nothing has been paid and no one said anything about being paid… this is wickedness; it’s more than a year already for the backlog.”
Eunice Kendra: “I hope it’s true I haven’t gotten any SMS oh.”
Onaji Abraham: “I haven’t received any message and I’m one of the beneficiaries been owed 5 months backlog.”
Osaji Arthur: “Last stipend payment of 30,000 till now have not been credited. All wema bank users.”
Iby Akai: “We would have appreciated if the Breaking news! read: 8900 Batch A & B beneficiaries have started to receive their 5 months arrears of stipends. We’re tired of all this news without action.”
Yakubu Hassan: “Madam I’m one of the affected beneficiaries and up to date I couldn’t be able to register my NEXIT also I didn’t receive any message that shows clearly my 5 months arrears will be Paid.”
Anonymous: “Why is it when the issue of planning for protest comes up Sadiya Farouq will bring up an update to divert the minds of the exited beneficiaries why not deliver these innocent people and be free Madam pay all both the exit package!!”
Anita Odiete: “Any time this woman hears of protest that’s when she wants to act as if she working for d beneficiaries don’t b deceived.”
Kolawole Olubunmi: “What about the beneficiary using WEMA bank but was not paid June stipend last year (a month)?”
Abu Shuaib: “I haven’t received anything and I am among the affected beneficiaries.”