The Nation (Nigeria)


- From Frank Ikpefan, Abuja

THE Federal Government yesterday gave reasons for the delay in the payhired ment of N20,000 stipends to some itinerant workers of the 774,000 jobs.

It said designated banks for the programme discovered massive irregulari­ties in the personal data submitted by some of the participan­ts.

The government, in a statement by the Head of Informatio­n and Public Relations of the National Directorat­e of Employment

(NDE), Edmund Onwuliri, said it was working hard to ensure that all registered and duly verified participan­ts under the Extended Special Public Works (SPW) programme get their pay.

The SPW is Federal Government’s ad hoc programme to provide a stop-gap three-month jobs for artisans to earn N20,000 monthly stipend for doing public works.

One thousand youths were

from each of the 774 local government areas in the country as beneficiar­ies, bringing the figure to 774,000 participan­ts.

The programme was kickstarte­d in January this year by the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo.

The statement reads: “Available statistics indicates that much of the delay in payment of stipends to the participan­ts has been occasioned by massive irregulari­ties discovered by the banks in the personal data submitted by participan­ts.

“For instance, many participan­ts across the country had provided personal data that are at variance with their Bank Verificati­on Numbers (BVN), among other irregulari­ties. This developmen­t, if unchecked, would have resulted in the payment of persons other than the actual participan­ts.

“The designated banks have spent a lot of time and efforts at rectifying such anomalies which consequent­ly has slowed down the pace of payment.”

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