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Sunday 4 July 2021

774,000 SPW: Fidelity, Others Commence Full Payment To Beneficiaries

The Nigerian Government has commenced full payment of stipends to the beneficiaries of the Special Public Works Programme few days after investigative report by Daily Trust on the complaints of the participants. 

Recall that an investigation alleged that thousands of Participants are yet to get Stipends, Daily Trust Investigation reveals.

Access, Fidelity and FCMB have, Thursday, commenced Second and Third Payment to the beneficiaries in a whole of N40,000 to each of the beneficiaries who had earlier recieved a first payment of N20,000, as the beneficiaries finally dance in ecstasy.

According to the Federal Government, so far  N24.8 billion has been paid as stipends to the beneficiaries of the Special Public Works Programme (SPWP).

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment,  Festus Keyamo disclosed this on Thursday, at the weekly Ministerial Briefing organized by the Presidential Communication Team.

“As of this morning people have started receiving their payment of N40, 000 each; that is for those who have received N20, 000 before but for those who had not received before and have finished their work, we are paying them N60, 000 each. So you will hear jubilation across the country because of that and this N60, 000 will save so many lives across the country

“This is surely going to reflate the economy because we have designed it in a way that all the Local Government Areas will benefit. It is going to boost the economy from the very bottom because the beneficiaries are going to add this money to their businesses.

“So, as of this morning, we have so far paid 413, 630 persons out of the 774, 000 so we have achieved about 60 percent. All of these people received N60, 000 each and the total we have paid is N24, 817, 800, actual money given to Nigerians for them to cushion the effects of COVID-19 from the grassroots,” the Minister stated.

Keyamo however said the entire targeted 774, 000 beneficiaries may not be achieved because of the peculiarities of the screening process utilised to ensure that real beneficiaries of the Programme get paid.

“In a large programme like this, we may not achieve the 774, 000 to the last number but for me, if we are able to achieve and pay up to 600, 000 persons, we would have achieved a lot.

“The remaining balance we would return to government’s coffers if we cannot have real people who will come and be entitled to that. I mean real people with real identity and correct Bankers Verification Number (BVN) so that we will not resort to paying ghosts, we will return, Keyamo added.

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