Payment of arrears of stipends for Batches A and B of the 2016 and 2018 volunteers of the N-Power programme has begun across the country.

This was confirmed on Friday by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development

The statement was issued by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Alhaji Bashir Alkali in Abuja.

Alkali said the accounts of these 14,021 volunteers were flagged in March 2020 by the Federal Government payment system, the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System for various reasons.

According to him, the reasons include beneficiaries holding multiple bank accounts and receiving other payments such as salaries and allowances from multiple Federal Government ministries, department and agencies on permanent employment.

Alkali explained that these acts violated the regulations guiding the N-Power volunteer programme and could amount to gross misconduct and corruption.

The ministry carried out detailed investigation in collaboration with relevant government MDAs and so far the accounts of 9,066 volunteers were cleared for final payment.

Alkali said, “Based on this reality, the five months allowance arrears of these volunteers, totaling N150,000 each is currently being paid. They have started receiving credit alerts today.

“The allowances of the remaining 4,955 is withheld pending conclusion of further investigation. Where clear violations of the agreements are established, such violators will be subjected to appropriate sanctions as stipulated by the law.

“Contrary to some insinuations in the public domain, this process is a clear demonstration of the ministry’s resolve to address this unfortunate incidence in a transparent manner for accountability and to forestall its future occurrence.

“As it has consistently maintained, the investigation carried out by the ministry is in the best interest of the country and has the major goal of institutionalising the National Social Investment Programme.

ejine okoroafor

Nollywood actress Ejine Okoroafor has lamented bitterly about how she almost landed in trouble in Paris over fake Euros notes she got from an undisclosed Nigerian bank.

According to the actress, she purchased some items at a mall. She was told the notes were fake currencies, after which she decided to take the money to a nearby where the money was also rejected due to its falsification.

Narrating her ordeal, the actress made her last trip to MoneyGram, where she almost got arrested for handling some fake notes.

Embarrassed about the whole issue, she urged those willing to visit to avoid big denominations or collect money via the PTA system.

She wrote:

Thursday, the 16th of September,…