The Federal Government has begun the payment of outstanding stipends to 14,021 N-power 2016 to 2018 volunteers.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Bashir Alkali, stated this in a statement yesterday
According to him, “the accounts of these 14,021 volunteers were flagged in March 2020 by the Federal Government payment system, the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS), for various reasons including but not limited to:
“Beneficiaries having multiple accounts, and beneficiaries account receiving other payments such as salaries and allowances from multiple Federal Government Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) on permanent employment or for participating in other schemes.
“These acts violate the regulations guiding the N-Power volunteer programme and could amount to gross misconduct and corruption.
“The Ministry carried out a detailed investigation in collaboration with relevant government MDAs and so far the accounts of 9,066 volunteers were cleared for final payment.
“Based on this reality, the 5 months allowance arrears of these volunteers, totalling N150,000.00 each, is currently being paid.
“The allowances of the remaining 4,955 is withheld pending the conclusion of further investigation.
“Where clear violations of the agreements are established, such violators will be subjected to appropriate sanctions as stipulated by the law.”
Alkali added that “contrary to some insinuations in the public domain, this process is a clear demonstration of the Ministry’s resolve to address this unfortunate incidence in a transparent manner for accountability and to forestall its future occurrence.
“As it has consistently maintained, the investigation carried out by the Ministry is in the best interest of the Country and has the major goal of institutionalizing the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) and ensuring its efficient management in line with Mr President’s resolve to ensure transparency and accountability in its implementation at all times.
“The Ministry regrets the delays experienced in concluding this process, but assures the public that transparency and accountability cannot be compromised in all its activities.”