The federal government has announced that it has initiated final dues for late payments by certain NPower Batch A and B volunteers .
Of the 500,000 volunteers who left the N-Power program, 14,021 were required to receive a five-month allowance.
Their accounts were reported by the federal government’s payment system, the government’s Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS).
The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development said their accounts were flagged as some of them had multiple accounts and others had received other benefits such as salaries and wages. Benefit from a number of federal government departments, departments and agencies (MDAs) working on a permanent basis or participating in other plans.
The ministry clarified that these actions violate the law governing the N-Power volunteer program and may amount to serious misconduct and corruption.
Announcing efforts to address the problem of late payments, Saadia Farooq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, said in a statement to Permanent Secretary Bashiro Alkali: “The ministry has established a partnership with the relevant government MDAs and similar In-depth investigation. . So far, 9,066 volunteer accounts have been approved for final payment from 14,021 volunteers.
“Based on this reality, these volunteers are currently receiving a total of five months allowances of N$150,000.00.
“The remaining 4 955 appropriations are not to be waited for until further investigation is completed.
“In the event of an explicit breach of the Agreements, these breaches shall be subject to reasonable sanctions in accordance with law.
Explaining why he initiated the investigation, Farooq said: “Contrary to some public indications, this process is clearly the responsibility of the ministry to be accountable and transparently handle this unfortunate incident to prevent its occurrence in the future.” Shows commitment.
“As he has always argued, the study carried out by the Ministry is in the best interest of the country and its main objective is to institutionalize the National Social Investment Program (NSIP) and ensure its effective management . Transparency and accountability in its implementation. have to do. all the time.
“The Ministry regrets the delay in completing this process, but assures the public that transparency and accountability cannot be detrimental to all its activities.