774,000 SPW Job: FG set to commence Second Payment to beneficiaries

The President Mohammadu Buhari led adminstration said it is set to commence payment of the second tranche of stipends of N20,000 to each of the 774,000 participants in the Special Public Works (SPW) programme.

Recall that the government started a partial payment of the N20,000 stipends to the 774,000 Participants in April, three months after the Programme was officially kicked off.

The Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Mr Festus Kayemo speaking to The Nation, https://thenationonlineng.net/fed-govt-to-begin-second-tranche-of-payment-to-774000-spw-participants, Sunday, admitted that some workers under the programme were having issues about their payments from two banks.

The Payment commenced with Access Bank followed by Fidelity Bank and others, however, Zenith Bank and Heritage it was gathered have not met the requirement set by NDE to formalize some Bank Accounts of beneficiaries linked to them.

The minister said until the Bank Verification Number (BVN) of participants of the programme were verified, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) would not credit those accounts.

Keyamo in his Statement however assured the beneficiaries not to panic as each of the beneficiaries will be duly paid.

“Those who have not received payments from two banks will be paid in due time. Until the two banks fulfill the mandate we gave them to ensure the credibility of the accounts and to make sure we eliminate fraud; until that is approved by us, the CBN will not credit those accounts.

“We want to appeal to everyone, especially those who have not received their first tranche from those two banks, that they will be paid, and everybody will be duly paid before the second tranche begins. And the second tranche will begin soon.

“We don’t want to make errors in haste, especially for me. This is a programme put under my care by Mr. President. I want to make sure that it is fraud-free. That is why I am ensuring that all indices of fraud are eliminated in those accounts before they are credited,” Keyamo stated. 

The Special Public Works Programme is a 3 month Programme which officially commenced on 5th January, 2021.

The programme engaged 774,000 Nigerians, across the Federation, 1,000 per LGA as part of the President Mohammadu Buhari's palliative measures to cushion the effect of COVID-19 pandemic on vulnerable Nigerians.

By the design of the Programme, the selected participants who are vulnerables in the societies and mainly non-graduates were to participate in clearing of gutters, clearing of market squares, village squares and other minor activities assigned by the Local Government based on importance, in which they provided with tools such as Wheelbarrows, Cutlasses, Picks, Rakes, Safety Apron, etc.

It was learnt that N52 billion was earmarked for the programme, from which each beneficiaries would be paid N20,000 per Month.

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