The federal government has given an update on the payment of stipends to beneficiaries of the N-Power batches A and B. The minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management, and social development, Hajia Sadiya Farouq, said she has already given the approval for the payment of stipends for the exited beneficiaries of batches A and B up to the month of June 2020, including that of the independent monitors. Farouq appealed for patience on the part of the beneficiaries.
Farouq made the disclosure on Thursday, September 3, at the interactive forum with state focal persons for the social investment programmes held in Abuja. She explained that the final payment of the stipend for batch B is almost ready for transmission to the office of the accountant general of the federation. The minister appealed to beneficiaries of batch B to be patient, adding that their payment is still being processed and would be implemented soon Farouq also disclosed that the government is working out plans to integrate beneficiaries of the batches A and B who exited in June and July respectively. The minister further assured Nigerians that transparency will guide the selection process for the N-Power Batch C enrolment. She said her ministry was already in the process of selecting qualified beneficiaries from among the over 5 million candidates who applied for enrolment into the N-Power Batch C scheme. Meanwhile, the federal government has disclosed that successful applicants recruited in the 774, 000 jobs scheme would be paid through their bank accounts using their Bank Verification Numbers (BVN).
The minister of state for labour and employment, Festus Keyamo told the press at a briefing on Thursday, September 3, that the biometrics of successful applicants would be captured by the banks during the process. According to The Nation, the minister stated that the use of BVN would ensure that the payment system is transparent.