FMARDPace AFJP Enumerators Payment Update 26th January 2022

The Enumerators engaged under the Federal Government FMARDPace Agric For Food and Job Plan (AFJP) have continued to pursue their remuneration after months of enumeration services to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Earlier: FMARDPace AFJP: Enumerators ready for Protest over non-payment

FMARD had in an update apologised to the Enumerators, stating that payment of their remuneration is assured after the disbursement of Funds to the Farmers enumerated under the FMARDPace AFJP Fertilizer Subsidy Grants.

The plea by the Ministry however took a swift following a meeting held by the 36 States and FCT Enumerators Representatives on Tuesday 25th January, 2022, with the Director of Agric Extension Workers, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.  

In a report of the Meeting detailed by the Secretary General of the 36 States and FCT Enumerators Representatives, Abdullahi Muhammad Babangida,"there were serious allegations by Auditor General and Chief of Staff of the Federation that the 2020 enumeration exercises was not done and never existed".

"EFCC investigated the issue and concluded that enumeration exercise was carried out and farmers data were sufficiently captured, documented and available."

"The Director Extension and SA to the Vice President Dr Andrew kwasari has been pushing and pushing for our payment but all efforts failed."

"All and sufficient reports from the ministry and the EFCC were submitted to chief of staff for our payment."

"We the 36 States and FCT enumerators representatives  were able to see VIVIDLY a document consisting of the list of all enumerators Nation wide, their local governments, number of surveys each enumerator carried out and the amount to be paid to each enumerator."

"The initial contract of the whole program was captured at N5000 per survey not N500 per survey."

"All our money are in the bank account intact and waiting for the report from the Chief of Staff."

"Chief of Staff is the only person that will file and submit last and final report and make decision on our payments"

"The minister, The Director Extension and those concerned are all ears and ready to welcome any form of action enumerators will take to make sure their payment is done. The minister is always supportive."

 "For all these while, it's the Chief of Staff who has not been supportive to our payment, disbursement to farmers and the entire program at large the Director Extension said on behalf of the minister", Babangida penned.

Babangida encouraged the Enumerators to be steadfast stating that "all efforts of the 36 States and FCT Enumerators Representatives are channeled toward seeing and sitting with the Chief of Staff for our payment".

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