The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq in commemoration of the ministry’s 100 days of service to humanity played host to NTA One-On-One program anchored by Cyril Stober, to discuss on the ministry’s impact, among which are welfare of NPower volunteers.
Below are the exerpts or summary of the minister’s speech on NTA One On One talk show, as her ministry clocks one year of existence.
She started by wishing the entire ministry one year of purposeful leadership and commitment. she said the ministry has proved itself to be active in this period of covid-19 pandemic, as it has put itself in the forefront interms of providing relief materials and aid to affected persons, groups and the nation at large.
Many issues were discussed, only the ones relating to the Npower programme are outlined below
We Have Approved July Stipend:
The Minister made mention of approving the already delayed July Stipends for disengaged volunteers. According to her, before the month of August will span through, July stipends would have been paid to both batch A and B, meaning next week, all stipends will be paid to authentic beneficiaries.
She asked volunteers to forget the issue of permanency as current realities makes it totally impossible for the government at this critical time. The government has did it best, it paid volunteers for 40 months, what else could they asked for?
”Many of them now own businesses that can cater for them, we want more Nigerians to benefit form this empowerment programme,” she said.
Exit Package Awaits Volunteers:
”All exited Volunteers will be given exit package, their names are with the Accountant General of the Federation, when funds are approved , we will tell volunteers how to access it.”
The ministry is in talks with the CBN, to mapp out ways of engaging the exited volunteers gainfully.
11, 000 Unpaid Volunteers
”We only paid those who are genuine volunteers, those whose names appeared in other Federal Government payroll are excluded.”
”All those complaining of not being paid are ghost workers, we have our proves”.