Fresh reports reaching our news desk shows that the Federal Government has started partial payment of the promised N20,000 monthly allowance to the accredited 774,000 beneficiaries of the Special Public Works programme across the 774 local governments of the federation.
Disclosing this at the FCT today (Sunday) was Festus Keyamo (SAN), the Minister of State, Labour and Employment.
The payment of the stipends has suffered several delays prompting the workers to grumble about the development. However, the government identified the mismatch of Bank Verification Numbers and other details supplied by the beneficiaries as the factor responsible.
From his Twitter handle, the Minister revealed that Access Bank the official bank for payment, has concluded the verifications of accounts for payment while actual payment into the bank accounts has been started by the National Directorate of Employment.
He said further that the government has been waiting for banks such as FCMB, Fidelity, Heritage, Zenith, UBA, and Yobe Micro-finance Banks to address the anomalies.
Quoting the legal luminary according to reports by THE PUNCH, the Minister said "due to our resolve to prevent fraud, I further ensured that the National Directorate for Employment are directed to make contacts with the banks to address these anomalies completely before payments is started.
In that line, as it is now, of all the banks involved, only Access Bank has given us reports that the accounts of those concerned have been verified for payment. Therefore, the NDE has, in that regards, started payment into those verified accounts under Access Bank".
The Minister added that just as his Ministry is determined to get all the selected personalities for the programme paid particularly in assisting them to be bailed out of the current tough times, they are equally (even) more determined to prevent the programme from turning into an avenue for fraudsters to have their way. Neither would that be allowed under the watch of President Buhari nor mine, he concluded.
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