The Nigerian federal government is gearing up to initiate the payment of arrears to N-Power beneficiaries who participate in the program.
Dr. Akindele Egbuwalo, the N-Power National Programme Manager, conveyed this information during a meeting with program beneficiaries at his office in Abuja.
Dr. Egbuwalo clarified that the temporary suspension of the program was primarily aimed at addressing issues directly affecting beneficiaries, with a particular emphasis on delayed stipend payments. As a result of this suspension, and as part of a comprehensive restructuring and forensic audit, funds have been recovered from the existing payment service providers. The program has devised a plan to start disbursing the outstanding stipends for the past 9 months to beneficiaries starting in November 2023. These payments will be made in installments.
Dr. Egbuwalo assured all beneficiaries of complete transparency and accountability in the process. He also announced that, in line with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s new agenda, the N-Power program will continue as the Renewed Hope Job Creation Programme (RHJCP). It will be overseen by the Honourable Minister, Dr. Betta Edu, and expanded to target 5 million beneficiaries over five years, absorbing 1 million youths each year in both graduate and non-graduate streams.
One of the beneficiaries, Sani Garba from Yobe State, present at the meeting, expressed their primary concern about the delayed 9-month stipends. He mentioned that there had been plans for a national protest among various clusters of N-Power beneficiaries due to a lack of information. However, after Dr. Egbuwalo’s transparent explanation and assurances during the meeting, Sani Garba and the cluster of beneficiaries decided that there was no need for a protest.
The beneficiaries were encouraged to remain patient as they await their payments and expressed their satisfaction with the government’s commitment to a more effective program implementation, ensuring that no beneficiary is left behind in the Federal Government’s renewed hope agenda.
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