In a recent statement, the Federal Government has revealed its intentions to initiate the disbursement of overdue payments to N-Power beneficiaries, addressing the 9-month backlog, in November 2023. This encouraging development was shared by Akindele Egbuwalo, the national program manager of N-Power, during a gathering with beneficiaries in Abuja.
Egbuwalo clarified that funds have been successfully recovered from the existing payment service providers, and the distribution process will be conducted in phases to ensure a smooth disbursement to the beneficiaries. This decision follows a temporary suspension of the program for extensive restructuring and a comprehensive audit.
Additionally, the National Social Investment Programme Agency (NSIPA) released a statement in Abuja, reaffirming this initiative. Jamaluddeen Kabir, the national communication manager of NSIPA, stressed the government’s commitment to resolving the backlog issue.
Furthermore, this announcement signifies a significant transformation as the N-Power program is now rebranded as the “Renewed Hope Job Creation Programme” (RHJCP). This renaming aligns with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s new vision and reflects the government’s intentions to expand and enhance the program. Under the leadership of the Honourable Minister, Dr. Betta Edu, RHJCP aims to target 5 million beneficiaries over the next 5 years. This initiative seeks to absorb 1 million youths annually, both graduates and non-graduates alike.
The news of the impending backlog payment and the program’s expansion has been met with relief and optimism by N-Power beneficiaries, many of whom had expressed frustration due to the lack of information. During the meeting, a beneficiary from Yobe State echoed the sentiments of others, highlighting their understanding of the situation and gratitude for the transparent communication.
Additionally, with November approaching, the Federal Government, under the Ministry of Humanitarian and Poverty Alleviation, is set to commence the disbursement of the 9-month backlog payments for pending beneficiaries. They also reassure all beneficiaries awaiting their 9 months’ arrears and those anticipating new registrations not to be concerned, as both issues are being addressed.
The program might begin recruiting new applicants in December after clearing the backlog of pending payments. The Minister also cautioned against any Renewed Hope portal registration portal that may appear, as they are likely scams.
In light of these developments, N-Power beneficiaries are encouraged to remain patient as they await their payments. The government’s renewed commitment to the program’s success and inclusivity in the “Renewed Hope Agenda” signifies a positive step forward, assuring that no beneficiary will be left behind. This announcement heralds a renewed sense of hope and progress for N-Power beneficiaries as they continue to contribute to the nation’s advancement and prosperity.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – N-Power Payment Updates, November 3, 2023
Q1: What is the primary focus of the N-Power Payment News on November 3, 2023?
A1: The central update revolves around the Federal Government’s declaration of its intent to clear the outstanding payments owed to N-Power beneficiaries, commencing in November 2023.
Q2: What led to the delay in the disbursement of N-Power stipends?
A2: The delay was a result of the temporary suspension of the N-Power program, undertaken for restructuring and the execution of a comprehensive audit, which facilitated the recovery of funds from payment service providers.
Q3: What is the new designation for the N-Power program?
A3: The N-Power program has been rebranded as the “Renewed Hope Job Creation Programme” (RHJCP) as part of a broader government initiative.
Q4: What is the government’s strategy for implementing the RHJCP program?
A4: The RHJCP aims to reach 5 million beneficiaries over the next 5 years, annually absorbing 1 million youths, including both graduates and non-graduates.
Q5: How did N-Power beneficiaries respond to this announcement?
A5: N-Power beneficiaries expressed relief and optimism during the meeting, appreciating the government’s transparent communication and its understanding of their situation.
Q6: When can N-Power beneficiaries anticipate receiving their outstanding payments?
A6: Payments are set to commence in November 2023 and will be disbursed in stages to ensure a smooth process.
Q7: Will any N-Power beneficiaries be excluded from receiving their outstanding stipends?
A7: The government is committed to inclusivity in the renewed hope agenda and assures that no beneficiary will be left out.
Q8: Is there a specific rationale for the program’s renaming?
A8: The renaming aligns with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s new agenda and underscores the government’s dedication to expanding and enhancing the program.
Q9: Is there an official source or website for more updates and information on this program?
A9: For official updates and information, please refer to the National Social Investment Programme Agency (NSIPA) or relevant government websites dedicated to social investment programs.
Q10: What should N-Power beneficiaries do while waiting for their payments?
A10: Beneficiaries are encouraged to remain patient and composed, as the government is resolute in resolving the backlog and enhancing the program for their benefit.
Minister Betta Edu Disavows Fraudulent Poverty Alleviation Portal Harvesting Data of Nigerians
In a recent development, Dr. Betta Edu, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, has vehemently disassociated herself and her ministry from a deceptive website that has been collecting personal data from unsuspecting Nigerians. The fraudulent platform, purporting to be a Federal Government Trust Fund portal, has raised concerns about data security and the activities of online scammers.
Rasheed Olanrewaju, the spokesperson for Minister Edu, released a statement on Tuesday, quoting her as unequivocally denying any connection to the fraudulent website. Edu emphasized that the portal was not created by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation or any other federal agency, categorically branding it as the handiwork of fraudsters preying on the public.
“The honorable Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Betta Edu, wishes to inform the general public that a circulating portal ‘FG Humanitarian and Poverty Alleviation Trust Fund Portal’ did not emanate from the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation,” the statement reads. “The said portal is fake, created by undesirable elements with the sole intention of defrauding unsuspecting members of the public.”
This disavowal comes on the heels of the federal government’s establishment of a Poverty Alleviation Trust Fund for Nigerian citizens back in September. According to the minister, the funding structure for this initiative is such that 30 percent is expected to come from the federal government, while the remaining 70 percent should be sourced from donor agencies.
The deceptive website has raised serious concerns regarding data privacy and the need for heightened vigilance when navigating online platforms. Nigerians are urged to be cautious and only interact with official government portals and websites to ensure the safety of their personal information.
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