Why FG is Yet to Pay NPower Backlog Stipends Despite Recovering Funds
The National Social Investment Management System (NASIMS) recently announced the commencement of the disbursement of outstanding stipends to former N-Power beneficiaries, scheduled from Monday, November 27th to November 30th, 2023. However, concerns are mounting as the Federal Government has not yet disbursed the nine-month stipends for Batch C beneficiaries, despite the reported recovery of funds. This delay prompts a closer look at the factors contributing to the ongoing payment challenges.
Payment Plans and Fund Recovery:
While NASIMS has outlined plans to address the payment backlog, the disbursement of stipends for Batch C beneficiaries faces delays. The government has reportedly recovered funds from alleged looters, leading to expectations of prompt payments. However, the process is intricate, involving the validation of beneficiary eligibility and the restructuring of the program into the Renewed Hope Job Creation Programme.
Ministerial Efforts and Program Restructuring:
Minister Betta Edu is actively working to clear the pending payments and facilitate the redesign of the N-Power program. The delay is attributed to comprehensive efforts to review and validate beneficiary eligibility, ensuring that stipends are allocated to deserving individuals.
Payment Failure Resolution:
Beneficiaries facing payment failures currently encounter restrictions in accessing the dashboard for updates. Despite the challenges, the Ministry holds detailed records of beneficiaries with payment issues and plans to disburse pending payments once validations are successfully completed.
The delay in disbursing nine-month stipends for N-Power Batch C beneficiaries is attributed to the complexity of ongoing processes, including eligibility validation and program restructuring. As the Ministry works diligently to overcome these challenges, beneficiaries are encouraged to stay informed through official channels for updates on the payment schedule. The government remains committed to resolving payment issues and ensuring that deserving individuals receive their stipends as part of its social intervention programs.