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Humanitarian Ministry Starts Payment of Batch A & B 5 Months Backlogs

The Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouk in a press statement, has disclosed that the 5 Months Stipend arrears owed to some of the exited Batch A and B N-power Beneficiaries are currently being paid.

In a Press Statement signed by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Bashir Nura Alkali on Friday, Farouk noted that following a detailed investigation which was carried out on the 14,021 N-power Beneficiaries whose Accounts were flagged by the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS) Server, 9,066 beneficiaries have been cleared for payment.

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According to the Press Statement which reads:

Following the payment system challenges faced by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development which has been overcome, the Ministry has commenced the final payment of the arrears on the few outstanding allowances of Batches A and B N-Power volunteers. The accounts of these 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 You may want to also read Nexit Scheme Process To Be Completed B4 End Of The Year – Minister

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 Ministry carried out 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, totaling N150,000.00 each, is currently being paid. The allowances of the remaining 4,955 is withheld pending the conclusion of further investigation. Where clear violations of the agreements are

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.

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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.

Bashir Nura Alkali
Permanent Secretary For Honourable Minister

Humanitarian Ministry Starts Payment of Batch A & B 5 Months Backlogs

Humanitarian Ministry Starts Payment of Batch A & B 5 Months Backlogs

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