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The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has said she is committed to President Muhammadu Buhari’s dream of lifting millions of Nigerians out of poverty.
UPDATE: Beneficiaries have started getting October stipends a few minutes ago. The second batch are been paid first.
The minister who was silent about the October and November stipend of N-Power beneficiaries stated that all the agencies under the ministry of humanitarian affairs remain her top priority.
Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq said that Home Grown School Feeding Programme is one of the Federal Government’s top priorities.
N-Power is one of the cardinal programmes she is overseeing since it was moved from the office of the Vice President a few weeks ago.
The minister was reacting to some reports that the ministry had refused to approve payments for vendors in Lagos, Imo, Kogi and Benue states.
She said, “Since my appointment as Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, I have severally reaffirmed my commitment to delivering on the vision of President Muhammadu Buhari to lift 100 million people in Nigeria out of poverty in 10 years.
“I am therefore very much aware of the importance of the Home Grown School Feeding Programme.”
It was also gathered that the delay with the payment of vendors in four states was informed by some internal processes and due diligence that needed to be carried out.
InfomediaNG couldn’t reliably gather if N-Power stipends were affected by the same issue.
At the time of this report, 2016 and 2017 beneficiaries were yet to be paid two months (October and November).
And the minister has disclosed why the N-Power beneficiaries have not been paid two months of their stipends.
I trek to my PPA – N-Power beneficiary
In the meantime, one of the beneficiaries of the N-Power scheme said he started trekking to his Place of Primary Assignment due to financial challenges.
The last stipend beneficiaries across the country received was September 2019.
He said he had no choice than to start trekking to his PPA.
He is one of the hundreds of the beneficiaries affected by the failure of the government to release their stipends.