The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development (FMHDSD) says it has not paid monthly allowance of volunteers in the N-Power programme because their payment details were flagged by the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS) platform.
This was disclosed in a statement by the National Social Investment Programme (NAIP) team on Tuesday.
“Your payment details were flagged by the GIFMIS payment platform, which resulted in non-payment of your monthly allowance from March 2020”, the ministry stated.
However, the ministry directed the N-Power volunteers who haven’t received payment since January to submit their documemts within 24 hours.
“In order for the Ministry to resolve this, kindly send your bank statement from January 2020 till date, and/or your NYSC Discharge Certificate and other relevant documents to your state National Orientation Agency.
“Please note you are expected to submit these documents within the next 24hrs”, the statement read.
Meanwhile, some N-Power volunteers have reacted to the directives of the ministry.
A Twitter user identified as @Opeemi77830893 wrote: “You’re playing our intelligent Abi?
Don’t worry, you’ll soon all pay for this.
You're playing our intelligent Abi?
Don't worry, you'll soon all pay for this. pic.twitter.com/2w4HDMD7fc
— ExitedNpowerBeneficiariesLifeMatter (@OPEYEMI77830893) October 6, 2020
Another beneficiary stated that: “We have submitted all our document and profile to NOA, when should we be expecting our backlogs from March till date.”
We have submitted all our document and profile to NOA when should we be expecting our backlogs from March till date
— Glucoselee (@Glucoselee1) October 6, 2020
Last February, SaharaReporters reported that since the social investment programme of the Nigerian Government was moved to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, the minister, Sadiya Farouq, had been making attempts to stop some of the programmes under the scheme.
The non payment of allowance due to beneficiaries compelled the National Association Of N-Power Volunteers to threaten government with strike action if their allowances were not paid, the February report by SaharaReporters said.