Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, has admitted owing beneficiaries of N-Power programme two months stipends because the handing and taking over process has not been concluded.
N-Power is one of the national Social Investment Programmes, SIP, designed by the present administration to reduce the growing rate of poverty, unemployment and social insecurity.
The minister explained at a press conference that the delay is not unconnected to lack of proper exit plan for beneficiaries that enrolled in 2016 despite the expiration of their contract.
She noted that the ministry is making efforts to develop an exit plan even as he assured that the money owed would be paid to beneficiaries upon conclusion of the handing over and taking over process, adding that government will continue to fund SIPs and ensure that it touches lives positively.
Giving reasons for the delay, she said: “I have received initial briefings from heads of agencies and programmes reporting to the ministry from October 2019, however on account of the technicalities involved, the handing over process is still on-going.
“With regards to recent agitations and outcry against the non–approval of payments of October and November, 2019 stipends to N-Power beneficiaries, the ministry wishes to reaffirm its commitment to ensuring that beneficiaries of all the Social Investment Programmes access interventions designed for them within the stipulated guidelines.
“There are information gaps with regards the monitoring and evaluation mechanism and framework of N–Power and the GEEP programmes. Some officials of NSIP are of the view that the programmes should be completely restructure,” she said.
She allayed fears that the programme would be scrapped. “There should be no apprehension with regards to the continuity or sustainability of the SIP as government will continue to adequately fund them and ensure that they reach the beneficiaries and touch lives positively,” the minister assured.