The federal government, through the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, has started the payment of the overdue compensation for Lots A and B of the 2016 and 2018 N-Power volunteers nationwide .
According to a statement signed by the permanent secretary of the ministry, Bashir Nura Alkali, on Friday said that N150,000.00 each will be paid to 9,066 volunteers, representing 5 months of allowances, while allowances of 4,955 volunteers will be withheld. , pending the conclusion of further investigation.
The statement reads: “Following the challenges of the payment system faced by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, which were overcome, the Ministry began the final payment of arrears on some overdue allocations of lots A and BN Volunteers of power.
“The accounts of these 14,021 volunteers were reported in March 2020 by the federal government’s payment system, the Government’s Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS), for a variety of reasons, including, but not limited to. Limit, beneficiaries with multiple accounts and beneficiary accounts receiving other payments such as as salaries and allowances from multiple federal government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) for permanent employment or to participate in other programs. These acts violate the regulations governing the N-Power volunteer program and could constitute serious misconduct and corruption.
“The ministry has carried out a detailed investigation in collaboration with the relevant government MDAs and so far the accounts of 9,066 volunteers have been cleared for final payment. Based on this reality, the 5 month allowance arrears of these volunteers, totaling N150,000.00 each, are currently being paid. Allocations for the remaining 4,955 are withheld pending the conclusion of further investigation. Where clear violations of the agreements are established, such violators will be subject to appropriate penalties, as stipulated by law.
“Contrary to some innuendo in the public domain, this process is a clear demonstration of the department’s determination to deal with this unfortunate incident in a manner transparent to accountability and to prevent its future occurrence. As he has always maintained, the investigation carried out by the ministry is in the best interest of the country and has the major objective of institutionalizing the National Social Investment Program (NSIP) and ensuring its effective management in accordance with the the President’s desire to ensure transparency. and responsibility for its implementation at all times.
“The ministry regrets the delays in concluding this process, but assures the public that transparency and accountability cannot be compromised in all of its activities. “