N-Power Beneficiaries Receiving Arrears, Says Betta Edu

The Federal Government has recommenced disbursing arrears to N-Power program participants.

The administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari owed the beneficiaries several months’ wages.

However, Betta Edu, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, stated that the arrears payments to recipients, which commenced on Wednesday, will go on until the final recipient is compensated.

Edu was a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Thursday.

“Presently, a payment for N-Power is ongoing; we were in the office yesterday up until the early hours of this morning, just to ensure that young people get monies which they have been owed from the last government.

“So, N-Power beneficiaries across the nation, I am sure you can attest to the fact that you are seeing your money in your accounts and this process will continue until the last person who indeed has served is being paid.

“And of course, all of this is being restructured to ensure that we reduce unemployment and create jobs for Nigerians,” Edu said.

N-Power is a scheme set up by then President Muhammadu Buhari on June 8, 2016, to address the issues of youth unemployment and help increase social development.

The programme was temporarily suspended after President Bola Tinubu took over from Buhari, but Edu explained that the present government wants to settle the baggage from the previous years before resuming the programme again.

“The Renewed Hope N-Power has not been relaunched yet. We are still trying to deal with the baggage from the previous years. So, these are persons who were owed monies for a few months.

“We used to have a consultant who used to manage the payments of these monies to the N-Power beneficiaries. However, the monies were being held up with the consultants for months without paying the beneficiaries.

“So, what government did was to recover the money back into the governments TSA CBN account and now started scrutiny of the beneficiaries which took us this while to do and that is why we appeal to the young people to be patient,” the minister said.

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