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The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has reacted to the protest by N-Power beneficiaries in Abuja today, Thursday, July 23, 2020
In a communique entitled “N-Power Beneficiaries Data Sent to OAGF For Migration in April, 2020” and signed by the information officer in the ministry Rhoda Ishaku Iliya, the minister regretted the delay in the backlog
The statement read:
“The attention of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has been drawn to the complaint of non-payment of some N-Power beneficiaries during the last exercise, with some alleging non-payment for upward of four months.
“For the records, the Ministry wishes to state that it had always processed, approved and remit necessary information for payments to the Office of the Accountant–General of the Federation (OAGF) whose responsibility it is to credit the various accounts of the beneficiaries using the GIFMIS platform as directed by FGN.
However, after receiving a complaint of non-payment by some beneficiaries who did same through the ministry, the OAGF (GIFMIS) officially wrote informing the ministry that out of a total of Five Hundred and Sixteen Thousand, Six Hundred (516,600) N-Power beneficiaries data sent to OAGF for migration in April, 2020, only a total of Five Hundred and Two Thousand, Five Hundred and Eighty (502,580) data have successfully migrated to the GIFMIS platform
While a total of Fourteen Thousand and Twenty (14,020) beneficiaries were returned because the beneficiaries’ account details already exist in other MDAs, which is against the established rule of the N-Power programme. This is verifiable.
The Honourable Minister, Sadiya Umar Farouq, regrets any inconvenience this might have caused genuine and eligible beneficiaries just as the OAGF saddled with the responsibility of filtering out those denied is working assiduously to remedy the situation.
During the protest in Abuja, thousands of 2016 and 2017 beneficiaries who had been disengaged took to the street of Abuja calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack Hajiya Sayiday for underperformance.
They also called on the government of Buhari to pay them N600, 000 each as gratuity in what they described as an exit package.