Hon. Festus Keyamo who is the minister of State, Labour, and Employment has updated the general public in regards to the FG SPW Job payment, to the seven hundred and seventy-four thousand (774,000) beneficiaries of the program.
From the Minister’s update, commencement of payment has been partially on, as the National Directorate of Employment has settled the stipends of some beneficiaries, of which it’s still ongoing.
Details of the press release is given below;
- Just after part of the funds meant for SPW stipends were released by the Ministry of Finance, I as the Minister, instructed proper scrutiny of the beneficiaries accounts before disbursement.
It was discovered that some of the accounts didn’t match the BVN submitted along with the accounts, falsify BVN that isn’t in existence, and lastly multiple accounts linked to a particular BVN. With other minor cases that needs to be verified.
Due to the determination of the sector to fight against fraud, I gave a directive to the NDE that they should write to the banks, to possibly clean up all anomalies before proceeding with the payments.
As at current, only ACCESS BANK PLC has given update to the instructions. They successfull gave all verified accounts that is qualified for payments, of which the NDE has started paying beneficiaries using ACCESS BANK.
Due to the directives, every other beneficiary should exercise patience, as their payment will get to them once their Banks respond just like ACCESS BANK did. The remaining banks are FIDELITY BANK, UBA, ZENITH BANK, FCMB, HERITAGE BANK and Yobe Micro-Finance Banks. Once they clear all anomalies, then payments will commence.
We are determined to render payments to all beneficiary selected to participate in the program, because we know the payment will go a long way in assisting them during this tough times. But while thinking about their well-being we are determined to eliminate all form of fraud from the system. Not under my watch and that of Mr. President, will this programme be allowed to spiral into such vehicle (i.e Fraud).
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