The federal government said it would commence payment of the 9-month backlog to N-Power beneficiaries in November.
This was disclosed by the national programme manager of N-Power, Akindele Egbuwalo.
Egbuwalo, while stating that funds have been recovered from the existing payment service providers, noted that the payment would be done in installments.
This was contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday, October 16, by the national communication manager of the National Social Investment Programme Agency (NSIPA), Jamaluddeen Kabir.
Egbuwalo revealed this during a meeting with some N-Power beneficiaries in Abuja.
He also noted that the N-Power programme has been renamed Renewed Hope Job Creation Programme (RHJCP).
The statement read: “As a result of the temporary suspension of the programme for thorough restructuring and forensic audit, funds have been recovered from the existing payment service providers and plans have been put in place by the programme to commence disbursement of the 9 months outstanding stipends to beneficiaries from November 2023. Payments will be carried out in installments.”
On the renaming of the programme, Egbuwalo stated: “In line with the new agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the N-Power programme will be continued as Renewed Hope Job Creation Programme (RHJCP) under the supervision of the Honourable Minister, Dr. Betta Edu, which will be expanded to target 5 million beneficiaries in 5 years where 1 million youths will be absorbed each year under the graduate and non-graduate stream.”
N-Power beneficiary from Yobe State who was present at the meeting, said a national protest had initially been planned by different clusters of Npower beneficiaries due to inadequate information.
He said: “Sir, as you have clearly explained the current situation of payment to us with utmost transparency, myself and other clusters of beneficiaries represented here are assuring you that we have clearly understood your position and taken your assurances, there is no need for any protest.
While encouraging all beneficiaries to keep calm as they patiently expect their payments, the cluster of beneficiaries expressed their joy over the assurances given to them for a better implementation of the programme which will ensure that no beneficiary is left behind in the renewed hope agenda of the federal government.