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N-Power: Incorrect bank details reason for delay in payment for some beneficiaries in Kogi



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N-Power: Incorrect bank details reason for delay in payment for some beneficiaries in Kogi

By John Akubo,

Beneficiaries of the N-Power program in Kogi State are upbeat about how to save from the monthly stipend to be able to practice what they are learning to be self reliant after the program. 

However most of the that spoke to the Guardian indicated they are yet to receive any alert three months after the program started. 

Reason for the delay according to them is not unconnected with the discrepancies between the information they supplied and the details of their BVN.

One of the beneficiaries from Lokoja Local Government Funmi Olowosulu said she is yet to get any alert since she started because of some inconsistencies in the information she sent to N-Power and the details on her BVN.

Olowosulu explained that she was advised to get the print out of her BVN details which she has done.

She said the problem started when her middle name was replaced with the first name.

“My surname name is Olowosulu but on the N-Ppwer Power the name is showing Beatrice as first name. I submitted my name as Beatrice Oloosulu Funmilola but when the list of N-Power came out it was Beatrice Olowosulu, it was interchanged.”

One of her major challenge was that she was posted to a local Government very far from her resident for which she complained and she was redeployed to Lokoja

“I was later redeployed to LGEA primary school Lokoguma which is a stone throw from my residence.”

Another beneficiary Umar Abdulrasheed, said he was posted to Ihima Survey Farmland where he spends N80 on transportation on daily bases which he said is not really having much effect. 

He however observed that, since he started he has been indebted to his neighbors who have been lending him money for transport as he is yet to receive any alert. 

He said the name on the N-Power list is Umar Abdul while his account name is Umar Abdulrasheed.

To correct the anomaly he said he has printed his BVN details with other details written behind which he has submitted to the N-Power State coordinator in Lokoja. 

Abdulrasheed said the experience at the primary assignment has been rewarding having been taught how to farm fish and feed them, and after every three days when the water would have been dirty he now knows how to remove it. 

He said he has also learnt a lot about gari processing from the peeling of cassava to grating and bagging them for fermentation and the final stage of frying. 

“I have interest in fish farming and the rearing of pigs. If I start receiving my monthly stipend I will be saving to have way for me to start my own at the end.”

Aina Olumayowa Helen who was posted to Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN) In Egbe Yagba West Local Government Area is not really having any challenge. 

She said she has received one month stipend of N30000 and her place of posting is within a trekkable distance.

She commended the federal Government for the initiative that has given her a job opportunity from where she has started saving for another business. 

The focal person for Kogi State Honorable Ibrahim Adoga Explained that the difficulty some of the beneficiaries were self inflicted.

He said they were mistakes made while they were filling the forms on line. 

“It is not entirely our duty to correct their mistakes, it is the beneficiaries responsibility because they are responsible for all the details they send on the website.”

He said they know the channels through which to communicate to resolve all the issues they are having currently.

Adoga who is also the special adviser to Governor Yahaya Bello on Multilateral said when they were selected, there went through stages when they were to supply their Bank details,  unfortunately most of them had used other people’s BVN,  or bank accounts, other peoples’ addresses or date of birth.

Continuing he said some of them did not put their real certificates so basically the problem they are encountering in terms of non payment is their fault. 

“What we are asking the beneficiaries to do now is to ensure they return to the website and correct all these information. For those that have imputed wrong BVN they are not going to tally with their names, they should make corrections with their BVN.

 “It is only when they have done that that they can get their payment. They did not send all these information through us, they sent them directly through the website of the N-Power.”

He disclosed that they are currently sending our monitoring and evaluation Team  to the various local Governments. 

Adoga said they have already received the names of those who are yet to be paid from the vice President’s office in Abuja and they are sending them the information in batches after being corrected.

According to him,  “The issues are basically account and BVN because as of the time they registered they had no accounts and BVN so they just used other peoples account numbers so they are having to face these hurdles.”

Femi Bolaji the State coordinator of N-Power in the office of the focal person for Kogi State Said the N-Power program was officially flagged off in Kogi State on December 1st, 2016 after the selection of 200000 beneficiaries Nation wide.

“4500 were selected for Kogi State, we started phased flag off, the first happened in Lokoja for the beneficiaries from Lokoja/Kogi Local Government, the next day we moved to Kabba where we flagged off for Kogi West senatorial zone for. The local Governments in that axis.”

He said from there they moved to Okene to flag off for the central and on the 8th of December 2016 we flagged off at Anyigba for the Kogi East senatorial district. 

He said the essence is to carryout physical verification of beneficiaries. 

“We must emphasize that this is the first time the Federal Government is carrying out massive employment totaling 200000 persons driven by technology unlike previously when applicants would be gathered at some location and they would be made to go through some physical training, aptitude test and all thaT. 

He said the beneficiaries were assessed on line and all their documents submitted on line. “That brought about the need to do physical verification. After that was done we now did postings to the places of primary assignment, we posted them to ministry of Agriculture, ministry of education and the ministry of Health. So in essence we have N-Agro,  N-Health and N-Teach totalling 4500

He said they encountered great challenges caused by the beneficiaries themselves because while processing their online application Most of them did not input correct account number and correct BVN.

The coordinator said some of them who were married imputed their maiden bank details but what we met there during search is their married information and N-Power would not pay such beneficiaries of the information in the N-Power database does not match what is in the BVN so we had a lot of rejections. 

“That accounted for why many beneficiaries were not paid and that is a great challenge for us. 

He said by January Out of the N4000 they had paid 2113 adding that as of March they have 3500 that have been captured for payment out of the 4000 that were verified and posted. 

“We have asked beneficiaries to go to their banks and get printout of their BVN details which we would send to Abuja which will tally with their information.”

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Group clears Bauchi Governor of Corruption allegation




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Group clears Bauchi Governor of
Corruption allegation

From Ali Sara, Bauchi

Corruption allegations against the Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir are false, blatant lies being orchestrated by his political enemies, the Bauchi State Coalition Against Financial Crimes and Injustice (BACAFCI) has said.

The National Chairman of BACAFCI Mallam Bibi Dogo stated this on Sunday while fielding questions from newsmen in Bauchi in reaction to the recent petition  filed by alleged stakeholders from Bauchi State.
The group had accused the Governor of corruptly enriching himself and mal administration in the State as reported in some media.
Dogo indicated that the coalition received a copy of the petition which it has studied but found no tangible evidence but blatant lies with the sole aim of bringing the government to disrepute out of envy of his track records and successes.

Dogo who brought dozens of documents in defense of Governor Bala said the anti graft group BACAFCI cleared Bala on all the allegations after they studied the petitions filed by the socalled stakeholders before the Economic Financial Crime Commission EFCC.
Dogo explained further that the allegations of loans for the Purchase of 3.5bn official vehicles for the Political office holders are unfounded as all due processes were followed in the award of the contract.
He said the contract for their purchase was approved by the State House of Assembly through House resolution via a letter sent by the government and duly signed by the clerk of the House Umar Yusuf Gital with reference number BASHA/POL/S/13/VOL.XIX/203 dated 17/July/2019.
He said  the contract was awarded to an indigene of the State after it followed the normal scrutiny where certificate of no objection was issued to the company before it was awarded the contract.
Dogo observed that from their findings, all cars were supplied and put to use by the beneficiaries in the best interest of the State.

He said the allegations that Governor Bala is a director in one of the companies which Bauchi Government patronized is not true as the Governor had resigned his position in the company on 1st May 2019 adding that he was not a Governor at that time because he had not taken the oath of office.
He said their findings were confirmed through Corporate Affairs Commission CAC form no 51180 on the particulars of Directors.

The Chairman also indicated that allegations of awarding road contracts, Building of Palaces, Workshops, assistance to pilgrims, supply of School Uniforms to out of School children, children meals by the government, are all genuine projects that everyone with sincere mind can see.
“Where anyone is in doubt he can go to the relevant government agencies to confirm and verify.
On the issue of School Uniforms and meals for out of school children he said the contract for the supply of uniforms was awarded to the indigenes of the State after due process and the uniforms was supplied.
Dogo indicated that the project was aimed at reducing the number of out of School children, while the Workshop was carried out in the best interest of the state at minimal cost. 

Even the issue of ghost workers, he pointed out that it was Governor Bala who held a public hearing with all stake holders on the issue he is working hard to bring sanity to the system to free some resources and employ more people in to the state Civil Service. 

He said the petitioners were either ignorant of how government operates or it was born outof malice.
“They just decided to paint the governor black due to the large number of physical projects he has execute that has developed the state.

Bibi Dogo said many of the allegations are not directly linked to the Governor but some Civil Servants whom the petitioners didn’t care to accused but the Governor that is making effort to rebuild the State through the provision of genuine infrastructures.

He advised them to always cross check their facts and offer only constructive criticisms not blatant lies.

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Lawan seeks Pakistan support in capacity building for Nigeria’s Defence Industry




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Lawan seeks Pakistan support in capacity building for Nigeria’s Defence Industry

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has urged Pakistan to aid Nigeria in the capacity building of her Defence Industry.

Lawan made the call on Friday while receiving in audience a delegation of the Senate of Pakistan which visited him to seek Nigeria’s support for the candidature of the Chairman of the Pakistani Senate for the Presidency of the Inter-Parliamentary Union(IPU).

The Senate President thanked Pakistan for its assistance in the area of training and supply of weapons to Nigeria Armed Forces in the fight against insurgency and other security challenges.
In his words,
“But one area that I think we need to sustain collaboration and partnership is in the area of helping Nigeria to build our Defence Industry.

“We started together in the 70s. For some reasons, we are still struggling to get stronger in the area of manufacturing or producing our needed defence weapons.

“But you have gone higher. We need to learn a lot from you in that respect.

“We have the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria located in Kaduna. They are still working hard to see how they can start producing the kind of weapons that we need in Nigeria.
“It’s going to take a while but I believe that you will graciously help us build the capacity of the people working in that place,” Lawan said.

The Senate President said the friendship between Pakistan and Nigeria which dated back to Nigeria’s Independence in 1960 had transformed into brotherhood.

“In all international fora, Pakistan and Nigeria have always been on the same side. Pakistan has been quite supportive of Nigeria in all ramifications.

“Presently, we do a lot together for our security especially the Armed Forces. You also help us with some of the weapons that we need in fighting the insurgency. We appreciate that and we hope that this kind of relationship and brotherhood will continue,” Lawan said

On the primary reason for the visit, the Senate President said the issue of the candidature of the Chairman of the Pakistani Senate, Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani for the presidency of IPU “is like one of us running for that office.”

“We will give him the support that he needs from us and if we can go beyond what we can offer as an institution to other areas including the African jurisdiction, we will do so, trying to talk to as many of our colleagues in other jurisdiction within the African region, to see if we can get them on board as well.

“But he is eminently qualified. He’s vastly experienced and Pakistan has been quite prominent and visible in the activities of IPU.

“What we require is reforming IPU to make it more robust and vibrant and also provide opportunity for supporting the various chapters across the globe. And I believe that with his experience and expertise, he will be able to do that and for us he has no problem. He has our support.”

Earlier, the Chairman of the Pakistani Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed who led the delegation said the mission was basically to seek the support of Nigeria’s Senate for the candidacy of the Chairman of the Pakistani Senate, for the presidency of IPU.

“The election is scheduled to hold in the first week of November. We feel that Nigeria’s support will be very critical and because Nigeria is a very important player in the international scenes and in particular with reference to Africa.

“It is in that spirit that we have come personally to solicit your support. And we hope that, God’s willing if we are successful, we will be voice, not just for Asia/Pacific, but the voice of Africa and democratic and civilised community of nation’s,” Sayed said.

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Works and Housing ministry gets lion share of capital expenditure at N404b in 2021 budget




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Works and Housing ministry gets lion share of capital expenditure at N404b in 2021 budget

President Muhammadu Buhari in his budget proposal to the joint session of the national Assembly Thursday has said that the works and Housing Ministry got the lion share of N404b for capital expenditure among other ministries.
The allocation he said is in line with his submission that capital expenditure in 2021 remains focused on the completion of as many ongoing projects as possible, rather than the commencement of new ones.
The president pointed out that, capital allocation to the Works and Housing sector is to facilitate the completion of several critical projects in 2021.
The works and Housing ministry was followed by that of Transportation with N256 billion in terms of heighrachy of importance.
The allocation Buhari said is line with his commitment to investing in Transportation Infrastructure.
According to him, the ministry of defence was allocated N121 billion in capital expenditure while
Power got N198 billion (inclusive of N150 billion for the Power Sector Recovery Plan).
For the ministry of Education N127 billion in capital was earmarked as another N70b was set aside for Universal Basic Education.

Other key capital expenditures of note are
Water Resources withN153 billion, Agriculture and Rural Development with N110 billion, mknistry of Health N132 billion with
Zonal Intervention Projects gettingN100 billion.
Others are ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment which got N51 billion while Niger Delta Development Commission was earmarked N64 billion.
According to President Buhari the 2021 capital budget is N1.15 trillion higher than the 2020 provision of N2.69 trillion adding that at 29 percent of aggregate expenditure, the provision moves closer to this Administration’s policy target of 30 percent.

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