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June and July have gone by, and it is now 65 full days since beneficiaries of the Nigerian government's N-Power scheme last received their monthly stipend of N30, 000 (79.05097 USD), AllNews reports.
AllNews gathered from several bonafide beneficiaries of the scheme that the last stipend they received was for the month of May, which was paid on the 1st of June 2020 upwards.
At the time, it was the first time since Sadiya Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs took over the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) reigns that stipends will be paid promptly.
Farouq has been mute regarding when June and July stipends of the exited N-Power beneficiaries will be settled.
It would be recalled that since the famed scheme was transferred to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development from the office of the Vice-President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo in October last year, complaints of recurrent delay in stipends payment have been registered.
AllNews noticed that federal workers usually receive their salaries between the 25th and 30th of each month.
However, N-Power graduate beneficiaries – classified as Federal Government workers too – do not have a consistent payday.
Every month, the Federal Government spends about N15 billion as stipends on nearly 500,000 volunteers of the N-Power scheme, a component of the National Social Investment Programmes (N-SIP).
Recognised as one of the largest post-tertiary employment programmes in Africa, the Muhammadu Buhari government sees the scheme as one of its major achievements.
N-Teach is the most popular of the N-SIP, which also focuses on health, agriculture, and public finance.
#sadiyamustgo @MobilePunch @SaharaReporters @MBuhari poor treatment of human is not humanitarian but disaster, NPOWER should be paid, be ENPOWERED NOT DISENGAGED two months without stipend is wickedness @Sadiya_farouq @FMICNigeria @FMHDSD @TheNationNews @channelstv @Npower_Reps— IGEADUBI CHRISTOPHER (@iamigeadubi) August 5, 2020
Nigeria media house has lost its purpose. Now they don't know the different between good or bad again.@Sadiya_farouq Pay Npower stipends, if not you will soon regret your actions when God begin to fight for these youths who has been weeping daily.— NpowerDeserveToBePermanent (@NpowerTo) August 5, 2020
Let her do the needful, Pay npower stipends and stop playing politics with the youths of this country. We all campaigned and voted for Buhari #IStandWithMinisterSadiya— bassey echemi (@euhemi) August 6, 2020
good morning. Trust all is well. I just want to make a kind enquiry about our overdue June/July 2020 stipends. Please are we going to be paid or we should get our minds off it? Awaiting your kind response. Keep staying safe at this critical and trying period.— Donald Eljoni Bature (@DonaldAdamu) August 6, 2020
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