March Unpaid Beneficiaries: We will resume payment 27th April-NSI
The ministry in charge of Npower (Humanitarian affairs and disaster Management) is fully aware that some Npower volunteers across the federation are yet to receive their March payment.
“We want to use this medium to assure you of the ministry commitment in ensuring you get paid in less than 72 hours from now. Kindly be patient as work is ongoing on it.”-NSIP
The Humanitarian affairs and disaster Management team have identified all those beneficiaries affected, their payment details have been prepared, thus; waiting for vetting, by 27th, payment would have started
While some npower volunteers got their March stipends last week, a handful of volunteers did not receive theirs, this according to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Umar Sadiyat Farouq, is an issue that will soon be resolved.
Not all beneficiaries of the Npower programme got their March stipends last week; Umar Sadiyat Farouq confirmed this, she noted that, there are technical problems that arose from the new payment platform used for payment
“Some beneficiaries have not received their March stipend, let it not trouble your heart, we are aware of that, kindly be patient as the ministry is currently working on it- Umar Sadiyat Farouq
Many unpaid volunteers have expressed shocked, thinking they have been dissolved from the programme, but the matter is far from that, it’s just a technical problem faced from the new payment platform
“It was gathered that the delay in payment was to finalize plans to divert the salaries to palliatives measure for the outbreak of Coronavirus in the country”.
“In a document exclusively obtained by Sahara Reporters, the Humanitarian Ministry spearheaded the move despite a warning by stakeholders in the scheme”.
Recall that since the creation of the ministry and transfer of the N-Power scheme from the office of the Vice President to the ministry, there have been delays in the payment of salaries despite approval and release of funds by the Ministry of Finance.
“Payment has always been processed and paid through the Nigerian Interbank Settlement System (NIBSS) but the one for the month of March was processed with the Government Integrated Financial and Management Information System (GIFMIS).
“This payment was done by skipping the Treasury Single Account of the Federal Government,” a source in the ministry familiar with the payment told SaharaReporters.
The source added that to be able to carry out the payment, the data of N-Power beneficiaries and others not included in the scheme was uploaded on the GIFMIS platform.
“The payment was done with GIFMIS, which was used to carry out the renaming of the N-Power March salary to COVID-19 palliatives,” the source said.
While this was done, some beneficiaries of N-Power were deliberately excluded from the payment of the March salary.
A reliable source from the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, told volunteers that NSIP have identified all those beneficiaries affected, their payment details have been prepared, thus; waiting for vetting, by 27th, payment would have started.