With the removal of technical hurdles, the Federal Government has resumed payment of allowances to remaining Batch A and B of N-Power volunteers.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Bashir Nura Alkali in a statement confirmed that payment has resumed after solving problems of system setbacks.
Alkali explained that the accounts of the affected 14,021 volunteers were flagged in March 2020 by the Federal Government payment system, the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System for various reasons.
He blamed the delay on beneficiaries having
multiple accounts, account receiving other payments such as salaries and allowances from Government Ministries, Department and Agencies 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,” he warned.
He noted that the Ministry carried out detailed investigation with relevant MDAs, and so far 9,066 volunteers beneficiaries have been cleared for final payment.
“Based on this reality, the five months allowance arrears of these volunteers, totaling N150,000 each, is currently being paid,” he further explained.
He also clarified the the allowances of the remaining 4,955 volunteers is still withheld pending conclusion of further investigation.
Alkali added that volunteers who violated agreement guiding the initiative will be sanctioned in accordance with the law.
“Where clear violations of the agreements are established, such violators will be subjected to appropriate sanctions as stipulated by the law,” he said.
The Permanent Secretary reiterated the Ministry’s resolve to address the ‘unfortunate incidence’ in a transparent manner for accountability, and to forestall future occurrence.
He maintained that the investigation was in the best interest of the country in sustenance of institutionalizing the National Social Investment Programme and ensuring its efficient management in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s resolve to ensure transparency and accountability in its implementation at all times.