FG explains delay in payment of N-power volunteers
The Federal Government has said the delay in paying some N-Power volunteers was caused by irregularities in their bank details, especially their Bank Verification Numbers (BVN).
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Jobs Creation, Afolabi Imoukhuede said of the 7,149 volunteers who were engaged in the programme in Delta State, 5,916 were paid in May while 857 others were cleared and paid last week.
He explained that while others were still having issues with their BVN as their accounts could not be verified by the Nigeria Interbank Settlement System (NIBSS), 140 of them do not have bank accounts and so could not be paid.
While urging the affected volunteers to rectify their bank account details, Imoukhuede said the programme was already growing in leaps and bounds as 1.1 million graduates applied within one week.
He lauded three N-power volunteers in the state who established a mini laboratory at the Primary Healthcare Centre, (PHC) in Otokutu, Ughelli South council and advised others to take a cue from them by forming synergies and cooperating among themselves.
The Executive Secretary, Delta State Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (DSMSMEDA), Mrs. Shimite Bello said Governor Ifeanyi Okowa was committed to ensuring that the programme succeeds in the state.
She noted that the programme was in tandem with the jobs creation vision of the Okowa administration where several youths have been engaged through the Skills Training Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) and the Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP).The state government, she stressed, would continue to encourage youths to embrace the programme to better their lot.