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FG pays N-power beneficiaries backlog allowances

Federal Government says it has paid backlog allowances of beneficiaries of the N-Power Programme.

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk said the October and November 2019 backlog allowances of beneficiaries of the N-Power Programme has been paid.

This was contained in a statement issued by Special Assistant Media to the Minister Halima Oyelade and obtained by Solacebase on Friday.

It could be recalled that the Minister had on December 2, 2019, at a Press Conference promised to pay the backlog of the allowances before December 20th, 2019 and also explained that the payments were being processed while the Social Investment Programme (SIP) was being moved to the Ministry in line with a Presidential directive.

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It said the N-Power program has 500,000 volunteers who are engaged as teachers, health workers and agricultural extension officers, among other fields. They are deployed to various locations throughout the country offering their services to Nigerians. Each participant is paid a stipend of N30, 000 monthly.

The statement explained that when the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development was created, President Muhammadu Buhari directed that the Social Investment Programme (SIP) will be under the purview of the new Ministry.

“SIP has four components namely: Conditional Cash Transfer, the N-Power Programme, the Homegrown School Feeding Program and the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Program,’’ said the statement.

The four programmes have over 13 million direct beneficiaries and an estimated 44 million secondary beneficiaries across the country.

The Minister assured that the kind of promptness demonstrated in the payment of the backlog as promised will be sustained so that the program will continue to achieve their goals of improving the wellbeing of Nigerians. (SOLACEBASE)