Beneficiaries of the Federal Government’s N-Power scheme are fuming over what they describe as ‘habitual delay of their monthly stipends’, Concise News reports.
Checks by this online news medium revealed that beneficiaries nationwide are yet to get paid their last month’s stipends.
Being the third day of a new month, beneficiaries are unhappy with the constant delay.
Every month, the Federal Government spends about N15 billion as stipends on over 500,000 volunteers of the N-Power scheme, a component of the National Social Investment Programmes (N-SIP).
These beneficiaries earn a monthly stipend of N30, 000 (82.99 USD).
Dubbed as the largest post-tertiary employment programme in Africa, the Muhammadu Buhari government sees the scheme as one of its major achievements.
Beneficiaries do not need high-wire connections as the screening process was largely transparent and efficient.
Headquartered under the office of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, N-Teach is the most popular of the N-SIP, which also focuses on health, agriculture and public finance.
Due to the deficiency in the number of teaching staff in public schools, many “unemployed graduates” were deployed to schools in order to complement the efforts of the staff on ground.
In 2016 when the N-Power programme started, 200,000 beneficiaries were selected and deployed to their Primary Place of Assignment (PPA) out of about 700,000 Nigerian graduates who reportedly applied.
Two batches have been recruited since the launch of the programme.
Check out some reactions below:
Why is it that at the end of each month,we queue up here and beg for stipends.
— austine nwaozuzu (@AustineNwaozuzu) October 3, 2019
using the stipends for thr own selfish reason best kwn to them and d so called stupid EFCC wouldn’t go after you guyz but the poor ones hustling,stipends dat is not even enough,still you dont like paying on time,GOD will judge you
— Timothy Olanipekun567 (@Timothy97951122) October 3, 2019
Pls let me ask one question..????Y Is it that there is so much delay in paying npower their stipends???? I know u may not answer me anywer but I think is not Fair.
— Edet (@Edetgoestoschol) October 2, 2019
No…But, May we have our stipends please…
— Abel Focus Adole (@adole10) October 2, 2019
Can paper replace money? No!! Likewise is not paying us our stipends as at when due. “You shall give him his wages on the same day, before the sun sets (for he is poor and counts on it), lest he cry against you to the Lord, and you be guilty of sin”. -Deuteronomy 24:15
— Oluwa Loves Me (@SirFemxy) October 1, 2019
Pls o, pay us o for September!!!
— Hazeez Haruna (@aaroncole007) October 2, 2019