The Federal Government has started partial payment to beneficiaries of its special public works (SPW) programme organised by the National Directorate of Employment (NDE)
This was revealed the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, via his verified twitter handle.
The SPW is a federal government initiative that kicked off in July 2020 to engage 774,000 unemployed youth in a short-term employment programme across Nigeria.
March 2021, Keyamo said that Buhari had ordered the release of funds for payment of the 774,000 beneficiaries of the SPW programme.
He however explained the reasons for delay in the payment confirmation.
He said: “After the release of some of the funds by the Ministry of Finance for the payment of SPW stipends, I directed a rigorous scrutiny of the accounts of the participants before payments
“We discovered instances of accounts not matching BVNs, multiple accounts bearing a single BVN, non-existent BVNs, etc.
“Because of our determination to eliminate fraud, I further directed the NDE to write to the banks to clean up these anomalies b4 commencing payments
Explaining further, he said that only Access Bank beneficiaries have received credit alerts as other banks are expected to respond very soon.
He said: “So far, only ACCESS Bank has responded with accounts verified for payments and the NDE has today commenced payments of those accounts with ACCESS Bank
“We await the responses of ZENITH, UBA, FCMB, FIDELITY, HERITAGE & Yobe Micro-Finance Banks to clean up the anomalies
“Our determination to ensure those selected for this programme get paid to assist them in these tough times is also matched by our determination to ensure that the programme does not spiral into a vehicle for fraud; not under the watch of Mr. President; not under my watch,” he concluded.
Keyamo thereafter shared image evidences of credit alerts from beneficiaries.
See the images below:
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