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N-Power Beneficiaries Decry Selective Payment Of Backlogs

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Some members of N Power Volunteers in Nasarawa State have decried the non-payment of about five to 13 months and selective payment of their backlogs of monthly stipends. A spokesperson for the group, Fidelis Tsehe, told LEADERSHIP that the management of National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) has been selective in the payment of the entitlements, adding that some of their colleagues who attended the programme same day and month have been receiving their payments. Tsehe, who claimed to represent about 3,000 aggrieved members expressed worries over what he perceive to be a grand design to delay the payment of their backlogs, until the programme is completed. “In the same state where all our colleagues were verified and issued with deployment letters at the same time and date, rendering the same services, and some have received their stipends up-to-date, while some are left behind in the name of backlog is a great injustice to the affected ones.” He also expressed dismay over the shocking posture of management, adding that since 2017 till now that the second verification was done, their standing stipends are yet to be paid. “What bothers the group much more is that the national coordinators have visited almost all the states of the federation, to attend to similar problems, but have not come to Nasarawa State for more than a year now.” The spokesperson therefore called on President Muhammadu Buhari to quickly intervene in this matter for the payment of the backlogs of the affected members, adding that the delay in payment of the stipends was a deliberate move to frustrate the good intentions of this government to the people and a grand design to channel the resources to personal aggrandizement.



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