Last updated on August 6th, 2023 at 06:48 am
“Are you among the 14,200 N-Power beneficiaries awaiting their backlog of stipends? Rejoice for the inquiry is over now”
That was the message of Nneka Nkem, Special Assistant, Media & Publicity to the Hon Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development a few hours ago on Twitter.
In November 2020, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq promised that a total of 14,200 exited N-Power beneficiaries would be paid five months of their stipend (backlogs).
She said her ministry initiated the State verification process with State N-Power Focal Officers and directed the affected 14,200 beneficiaries to present their NYSC certificates for final verification.
Ms Farouq said all legitimate claims and those on the verified list would be paid before the end of 2020.
Issue of GIFMIS payment
Speaking on some ex-former members of the National Youth Service Corps who are having verification problem on NPower database, she said, “It is possible that the 14,200 beneficiaries used their NYSC allowance bank accounts for N-Power and GIFMIS payment platform picked them for double payment.”
“From the consolidated list of beneficiaries we received from the OAGF in September, the 14,200 beneficiaries with arrears of stipend were flagged for receiving a monthly payment from other MDAs, particularly from the NYSC.”
Relying on the data from the NIBSS, she stated, “Out of the 500,000 combined beneficiaries from Batch A and B only 14,200 have 5 months outstanding stipend arrears.”
An exited volunteer who is affected the verification problem said she had submitted her NYSC twice within a month, but to no avail, as she continues to encounter the same problem.
“I have submitted some documents (as directed) twice last month for the verification. First to the NOA office and secondly to the SIO in my state. Meanwhile, it’s funny that after 3 years of NYSC, ‘GIFMIS’ thinks I still receive Federal government allowee,” Solum tweeted.