One week two days after Nneka Ikem Anibeze, the Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to Sadiya Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development announced on her known Twitter handle that 8, 900 N-Power Batches A and B beneficiaries have been cleared for payment of their 5 months arrears of their stipends, AllNews independent findings revealed that the erstwhile volunteers have not gotten paid - till now.
Recall that AllNews had about a week ago, exclusively reported that numerous beneficiaries of the Nigerian government’s N-Power initiative said that contrary to what was claimed by Ikem, they are yet to receive or see any evidence of imminent payment.
Over 14, 200 N-Power batches A and B beneficiaries are owed (monthly stipend is N30, 000).
On Thursday, April 15, 2021, AllNews spoke to several affected bonafide N-Power Batch A and B beneficiaries, and they all said they have not gotten paid.
Mukhtar Kasim Sa’as (Batch B) said: “I am owed 5 month stipends. I did not receive any text for clearance.”
Another beneficiary, who preferred anonymity disclosed: “I'm yet to receive SMS for unpaid stipends.”
Salis Usman Abdulmumin said: “I'm one of the affected beneficiary and up to date, I did not receive any message that shows that I am cleared for my five (5) months arrears stipends.”
A beneficiary simply identified as AbdulHamid noted: “N-Exit portal has allowed me to register. I have done that one since. But I didn't receive any message for my 5 month stipends o [sic].“
Akande Elizabeth (Batch B) said: “I am owed 5 month stipends. I did not receive any text for clearance, of which I have not gotten any job ever since we were stopped from N-Power, and I am not working with any NDE parastatal. No alert yet.”
Iliya Halle stated: “I completed my NEXIT application plan. Since. But nothing like messages on my email up till date, and for the back load stipends I received nothing yet.”
While Batch A N-Power beneficiaries were disengaged from the scheme in June 2020, their Batch B colleagues were exited the following month - July 2020.
The arrears of stipends, which these Nigerian youths have continually cried for, is from March to July 2020.
As per another problem which the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs is turning complete blind eye to, no single Batch A or B beneficiary throughout Nigeria who use Wema Bank received bank alert for the month of June 2020.