Governance

Federal Government approves payment of outstanding allowances to N-Power beneficiaries

The Federal Government has approved the payment of outstanding allowances of the exiting N-Power beneficiaries.

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq gave the approval through the Ministry’s National Social Investment Programme.

In a statement, she said approval which had already been forwarded to the office of the Accountant General of the Federation for final checks and payments would clear all outstanding allowances up to the month of June, 2020.

The Ministry however noted that about 14000 beneficiaries that were omitted by the AGF’s Office during the payment from March to June 2020 could be among those rejected by the GIPMIS payment platform due to discrepancies identified with their accounts as conveyed to the ministry by the AGF’s office.

“According to the report from the AGF’s office,  any beneficiary receiving payment from other government payment platforms will be rejected by the Government Integrated Financial Management System (GIPMIS).  Hence their payment will be withheld”. She disclosed.

The FMHADMSD had, therefore,  requested for details of those affected and the reasons for their rejection from the AGF’s Office with a promise to communicate with the affected beneficiaries.

“However, if the rejection was done in error,  those affected should be rest assured that they will be paid all that is due to them as soon as the error is rectified by the AGF’s office”. Hajiya Farouq noted

Similarly, the Honourable Minister urged the exiting batches to remain hopeful as she engages MDAs, including the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, to ensure that the eligible exited beneficiaries are transited to government programmes or employed where available.

“In this regard, we have directed Focal Persons of NSIPs in all the states to submit an updated list and details of the exited N-Power beneficiaries that are interested in participating in the transition plans of the ministry” the Honourable Minister stated.

The Minister further stated that the incoming Batch C beneficiaries would be clearly given the details of their terms of enrollment and exit at the time of entry into the programme.

 

Source: Voice of Nigeria