Reports from across the country show that volunteers of the Npower programme are yet to receive their January stipend. The last stipend they received was December 22, 2017.
Our findings show that all other federal workers had been paid last week. Normally npower volunteers are paid along side their federal workers counterparts.
One of the volunteers who lamented the untimely stipend said, “the money could have been disbursed, but it’s possible the powerful ones are behind the delay for them to benefit from short interest.”
At the time of publishing this post the social media channels of the programme have been silent about “why January stipend hasn’t been paid.”
An unconfirmed report say N-power stipends are yet to get approval from the appropriate body, social media channels of the programme have remained silent about it though despite series of salary enquiries posted by the concerned beneficiaries until today, February 12.
N-power speaks on delayed January stipend | No specific date stated for payment
Meanwhile, N-power on Monday apologised to candidates for the delay in payment of their monthly stipends.
The scheme said efforts were being put in place to salvage the situation.
This information was contained in a statement on its twitter handle.
The statement read “Dear 2016 Beneficiaries, We apologize that you are yet to receive your January stipends. We realize that you have been constrained in meeting your monthly obligations and we are sorry.
“Your stipend is your right for work done, and we wish to reassure you that we do not take you for granted.
“We apologize for any inconvenience caused. We are working assiduously to fix this,” N-power states on its official social media channels
The programme pays the sum of N6,000,000,000 monthly (#30,000×200,000 volunteers) if 200,000 volunteers is used for the monthly stipend paid.
The APC-led government is also expected to cough out another N9,000,000,000 monthly to another 300,000 young Nigerians, whose names are still been authenticated at the Abuja office of the Social Investment Programme (SIP).
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Another 300,000 volunteers are on the awaiting list of the 2017 Second Phase of the programme adjudged the first fair FG’s job initiative in the history of recruitment in Nigeria since 1960, when it gained independence.
N-power is a temporary job initiative programme of the Federal government that pays #30,000 per month (about $83USD) to its 200,000 first 2016 batch.
Delay in workers’ salary isn’t new to the government at state levels, whether the federal government is going to make its Npower beneficiaries have the feel of what state workers pass through, this week will tell.
Nigeria is dominated by youth unemployment, and current administration is the first in the country to show interest in youth joblessness.
Organisers of the programme have consistently maintained that the initiative is to assist young Nigerians to make savings from their monthly stipend so that they could start small business of their own when the programme comes to an end.
N-power lasts for two years.