OYOGist.com has learned that the minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq in a statement on Saturday explained that plans are on going to streamline the Npower programme for greater efficiency and to provide opportunities for more Nigerian youths. She therefore promised that details will be provided as soon as May stipend has been paid.
In the statement, the minister also explained that the ministry encountered some delays on the GIFMIS platform but announced that all N- Power beneficiaries from Batch A and B have been paid their April stipends.
The Npower programme is one of the federal government socio-economic investment programme Npower and a cardinal programme of the Muhammadu Buhari – led federal government.
At the commencement of programme, the programme was under the vice president’s office before it was moved to the newly created ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.
The programme has however in recent time suffered from late payment of stipends. The increment in the new minimum wage of the country also has no effect on the stipend as the beneficiaries continue to collect the old stipend which was created during the era of the old minimum wage in the country.
This has made Corps members under the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to be earning much more than the beneficiaries, though the ministry seems uninterested in making adjustments.