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.
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 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 naira).
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, AllNews reliably gathered from insiders.
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The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs is saddled with the responsibility of facilitating the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) of the Federal Government.
Same way we will express our deep sorrows for her when posterity finally visit her if she does not pay us our backlog, to the young hero's may heaven revive their souls and grant them eternal rest— Jethel (@UkeJessica) February 22, 2021
Very wicked soul!— Hayatu Mubarak (@MubarakHayatu) February 22, 2021
So you have heart?? @Sadiya_farouq— De Wayz Woman?? (@JanieWayz) February 21, 2021
Call attention of Ur boss Hon sadiya
To pay Us our outstanding backlogs..— Umar BG Koribe (@umarbgKoribe) February 27, 2021
Please it a year already since we last received our stipend. Please when are we going to get paid, our backlogs— Monica Ghinsel (@MonicaGhinsel) February 22, 2021
That's how we are deeply shocked and saddened with the fact that it's almost a year of lies and deceit as our backlogs are yet to be paid. Stop this wickedness to humanity. God is watching— @OmoGee (@OmoGee12) February 22, 2021
May their soul rest in peace.— trippleccc (@3rippleccc) February 22, 2021
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.
Please tell her @Sadiya_farouq of @npower_ng @FMHDSD to pay us our 5 months backlogs for batches A & B.@daily_trust @daily_nigerian @SaharaReporters @ICPC_PE @officialEFCC @NTANewsNow— Najib Bala (@nb_amaryawa) February 21, 2021
may there souls rest in peace.— Olagunju Tosin (@OlagunjuTosin6) February 22, 2021
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
Why don't you used this same caring heart ? to paid 14200 beneficiaries their 5 Months outstanding backlog, why this hypocrite attitude?— God's Lead?❣️ (@judejulius1989) February 22, 2021
God will definitely Fight this for Us and anyone who is among this will be rewarded Accordingly.
Very very soon ? I think the results wil out
Madam how market na, u and ur madam don lie finish— Hayatu Mubarak (@MubarakHayatu) February 28, 2021
So @Sadiya_farouq express deep sorrow to that, yet 14,200 unpaid beneficiaries crying bitterly for their 5 Months outstanding backlog is not sad to her? @nnekaikem1 Tell @Sadiya_farouq that this is making One Year since she have declined paying 14200 beneficiaries their stipends— God's Lead?❣️ (@judejulius1989) February 22, 2021