Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, Honourable Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development

Why we’re still owing 12,000 N-Power beneficiaries stipends -Minister

*Migration from former payment platform to Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS) responsible for delays ─Hajiya Sadiya Farouq

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

The Federal Government of Nigeria has admitted that it yet owes about 12,000 N-Power beneficiaries their three-month stipends.

Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, Honourable Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, disclosed this at the briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, in Abuja, FCT, Monday, June 22.

On the development, Hajiya Farouq said the delay in payments was due to administrative issues that are currently being resolved by the concerned authorities.

The Minister, however, assured the beneficiaries that her ministry is working with the office of the Account-General of the Federation to resolve the delay and ensure payments are effected.

“As far as the ministry is concerned, we have paid N-Power beneficiaries that have been verified and recommended for payment. We have 500,000 N-Power volunteers.

“Those who are claiming that they have not been paid… we are looking into these issues with the Office of the Account-General of the Federation.

“We have had issues around migrating from the platform that we used to operate to the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS) platform. “So, these are the administrative issues that have hindered the payment of some of the volunteers.”

According to her, “there are about 12,000 of them based on our record. And, as I am speaking with you, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry is in the office of the Accountant-General to sort out these issues; and once we get the report, we will make it available to all.”

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