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Beneficiaries of 2016 first batch of N-power job initiative programme confirmed to infobase that workers at state governments envy them at their PPA because they were receiving their stipend before end of every month.
That has since changed, according to a N-power Teach volunteer in Oyo State, “they pay us at will now.”
We learnt that volunteers received December 2016 salary, even though they had not started working.
“It was like a miracle when I received my first pay, I thought I was actually dreaming when I got N30,000 bank alert from N-power,” a N-power health volunteer in Osogbo, Osun State capital told us.
Volunteers also got highly sophisticated tablet devices loaded with useful training materials to make them self-reliant.
Since January 2017, we learnt everything has changed. According to research conducted, beneficiaries received January salary middle of February, their February stipend was paid March 15, while some of them told us that they are yet to receive their March salary at the time of publishing (April 6,2017).
Delay and irregular salary payment is peculiar to state governments in Nigeria, where workers go on strike sometimes before they’re paid.
It’d be recalled that the Federal Government did mention that monies to pay the first batch for a period of 2-year were on ground, when the programme was launch in 2016.
Going by the number of 200,000 successful first batch applicant, FG pays N6,000,000,000 monthly.
Some have record issues, which fall under backlogs.
But beneficiaries have started experiencing fluctuating pay. While some others who have reconciled their data are yet to get a penny since the official start of the programme in December 2016.
What’s causing the delay?
We can’t specifically say, but the delay could mean three things:
1) The N-power team may be carried away by the activities of General Elections coming up in 2019.
2) The powerful men behind the money ,which is N6,000,000,000 monthly may have something to gain from it when it’s fixed.
3) Finally, it could mean that the delay in the passage of 2018 Budget may be responsible.
But if FG said it already had the money on ground, why the delay?
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