The Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq have approved the payment of stipends to the exited N-Power Beneficiaries.
The Honourable Minister stated this in a press briefing that the approval has been given for the payment of the outstanding stipends for the exited N-Power Batches A and B beneficiaries.
The approval for payments for up to the month of June, 2020 for the two (2) Batches has already been forwarded to the office of the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) for final checks and payments.
The only outstanding approval waiting to be forwarded to Accountant-General’s Office is for the payment of July Stipends for batch B beneficiaries.
The Ministry however noted that about 14,000 beneficiaries that were omitted by the AGF’s Office during the payment from March to June 2020 could be among those rejected by the GIPMIS Payment Platform due to discrepancies identified with their accounts as conveyed to the ministry by the AGF’s office.
Payment of Outstanding Stipends to Exited N-Power Beneficiaries
According to the report from the AGF’s office, any beneficiary receiving payment from other government payment platforms will be rejected by the Government Integrated Financial Management System (GIPMIS). Hence their payment will be withheld.
The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development (FMHADMSD) has requested for details of those affected and the reasons for their rejection from AGF’s Office and has promised to communicate that to the affected beneficiaries.
However, if the rejection was done in error, those affected should be rest assured that they will be paid all that is due to them as soon as the error is rectified by the AGF’s office.
The Minister also explained that the Batches A & B N-Power beneficiaries knew from the beginning as they were informed that the programme is for 24 months.
Furthermore, the non dis-engagement of Batch A beneficiaries after 24 months was done out of exigencies of the time. Therefore, exiting Batches, A & B after 40 and 24 months respectively is in line with the conditions stipulated at the time of their enrolment.