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Some N-Power volunteers (Photo Courtesy: N-Power/Twitter)

Beneficiaries of the N-Power scheme have not been paid their September 2019 allowance, four days into the new month, October, Concise News reports.

Concise News had reported that beneficiaries are fuming over what they describe as “habitual delay of their monthly stipends” by the N-Power scheme.

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Most of them took to the social investment social media handle to berate the scheme for not playing their part by paying their allowance.

Beneficiaries of the scheme are being paid N30, 000 (82.99 USD) monthly by the Federal Government scheme.

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 formerly 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 the 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.

IN a related development, the Federal Government has claimed that some beneficiaries of its N5, 000 monthly stipends under the Conditional Cash Transfer scheme are being extorted and bullied.

The Presidential Aide on Social Investments Mariam Uwais said this on Thursday in Abuja at the launch of the Third-Party Monitors for the National Social Safety Nets Project.

According to Uwais, there have been reports of extortion and bullying of beneficiaries in some places in the country.

She, however, assured that the payment of the N5,000 monthly stipends to the poor and the vulnerable households would not be halted.

“The reported attempts to extort or bully them comes from random quarters like the youths in the communities, sometimes it’s the community leaders and traditional rulers who levy them,” she said.

“It’s really important that we do not allow people to steal from the poor. So the challenge is how to support and protect them so that they are not duped by others.”