The Oyo State Government has attributed mismatched records and omission of account numbers as some of the reasons causing the delay in payment of stipends to the beneficiaries N-Power, a federal government programme.
The State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, who is also the programme’s focal person in the state, Mrs. Atinuke Osunkoya, while giving a situation report on Tuesday stated that the FG paid stipends directly into beneficiaries’ bank accounts, thereby eliminating any inputs from states.
She disclosed that some of the supposed beneficiaries did not qualify at the verification stage as they supplied wrong or insufficient information, stressing that some had their payments rejected by the banks.
Last Wednesday, scores of beneficiaries of the scheme protested against non-payment of their monthly stipends since December last year.
The protesters accused the officials of the state of not coming out to address them on the situation of things.
While speaking with newsmen on Monday, the protesters urged the Federal Government to bail them out from the hands of the government officials who they alleged intended to corner their stipends since December.
However, in the statement, the commissioner urged the unpaid beneficiaries to confirm their status and reason for non-payment from the Ministry of Women Affairs, noting that the beneficiaries were already aware that the lists of unpaid beneficiaries had been pasted.
“If the applicant’s non-payment problem is related to their bank account details, they need to confirm with their banks the status and account details; after ensuring that the details tally, they should log on to npvn.npower.gov.ng or send an email with their correct details to email@example.com. Beneficiaries of the programme are implored to visit the Ministry of Women Affairs,” she added.