The Federal Government has commenced partial payment of the N20,000 monthly stipend to the 774,000 beneficiaries of the Special Public Works programme. The Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN), disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Sunday.
The workers had grumbled about the delayed payment of their stipends which the government attributed to the mismatch of Bank Verification Numbers and other details supplied by the beneficiaries.
But giving an update on the payment issue on his Twitter handle, Keyamo said Access Bank has verified accounts for payment while the National Directorate of Employment has commenced payment into accounts with the bank.
The minister said the authorities become expecting Zenith, UBA, FCMB, Fidelity, Heritage and Yobe Micro-finance Banks to smooth up the anomalies.
SPW contributors lament non-payment by FG
The assertion turned into titled, ‘NDE commences partial price of SPW stipends.’
It examine in component, “After the release of some of the funds through the Ministry of Finance for the charge of SPW stipends, I directed rigorous scrutiny of the bills of the participants earlier than charge.
“We located instances of bills now not matching BVNs, a couple of debts bearing a single BVN, non-existent BVNs, etc.
“Because of our dedication to take away fraud, I further directed the NDE to jot down to the banks to smooth up those anomalies before starting up payments.
“So some distance, most effective Access Bank has responded with accounts demonstrated for price and the NDE has nowadays started charge of those money owed with Access Bank.”
Keyamo said the determination of the government to ensure that those selected for the programme get paid “to help them in those difficult times is also matched by our dedication to ensure that the programme does not spiral right into a automobile for fraud; not below the watch of Mr President; no longer underneath my watch.”[NewsNaira]