Checks by Concise News reveals that as at today, 16th of April, beneficiaries are still being owed their last month’s remuneration, and they are thoroughly displeased with that.
We gather it is unusual of handlers of the scheme to delay payment. However, no clear reason has since been given for the setback.
Last week Thursday, Afolabi Imoukhuede, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation and Youth Empowerment, assured beneficiaries of the N-Power scheme that they would get their March stipend “this week”. He blamed the non-payment on the Ministry of Finance and the Accountant General’s Office, adding that some issues were being sorted out.
“It is not as if we had paid Batch two and we did not pay Batch one, there is a delay and I think the government has been consistent in payment.
“The issues are being worked out between the Ministry of Finance and the Accountant General’s Office, and once these are resolved, the beneficiaries will get their stipend.
“I am sure, this week it will be resolved,’’ Afolabi says then.
But it is absolutely a new week, and beneficiaries are still complaining about not being paid their March stipends.
Concise News observed that even the verified N-Power page which is usually bubbling with updates last put up a post on their Facebook page on April 3. Now, the obvious mantle is to tell N-Power volunteers who are worried to “be patient…you will be paid”. The answer to “when” is not definite.
More worrisome for the pioneer beneficiaries (2016 set) is that months after being told they have been ‘enhanced’, details of the Enhancement Programme are still vague. You can read more on that by simply clicking here.
See reactions of beneficiaries below: