JUST IN!! FG Begins Payment of N-Power Batch A & B Outstanding Allowances
The Federal Government has commenced the payment of the outstanding allowances of Batch A and B of the 2016 and 2018 N-Power volunteers nationwide.
Weetalknaija.com.ng gathered from a statement signed by Bashir Nura Alkali, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development on Friday, September 17, 2021, on behalf of the Honourable Minister, Sadiya Umar Farouq, that the delay in payment was due to some minor challenges faced by the Ministry.
According to the statement: “The accounts of 14,021 volunteers were flagged in March 2020 by the Federal Government payment system, the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS), for various reasons including but not limited to:
1) beneficiaries having multiple accounts, and
2) beneficiaries account receiving other payments such as salaries and allowances from multiple Federal Government Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) on permanent employment or for participating in other schemes.
“These acts violate the regulations guiding the N-Power volunteer programme and could amount to gross misconduct and corruption”.
The statement further said: “The Ministry carried out a detailed investigation in collaboration with relevant government MDAs and so far the accounts of 9,066 volunteers were cleared for final payment. Based on this reality, the 5 months allowance arrears of these volunteers, totalling N150,000.00 each, is currently being paid. The allowances of the remaining 4,955 are withheld pending the conclusion of further investigation. Where clear violations of the agreements are established, such violators will be subjected to appropriate sanctions as stipulated by the law.
“Contrary to some insinuations in the public domain, this process is a clear demonstration of the Ministry’s resolve to address this unfortunate incidence in a transparent manner for accountability and to forestall its future occurrence. As it has consistently maintained, the investigation carried out by the Ministry is in the best interest of the Country and has the major goal of institutionalizing the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) and ensuring its efficient management in line with Mr President’s resolve to ensure transparency and accountability in its implementation at all times.
“The Ministry regrets the delays experienced in concluding this process, but assures the public that transparency and accountability cannot be compromised in all its activities”.