The Federal Government has said that it cannot continue to pay exited N-POWER beneficiaries stipends indefinitely as the process of engaging new beneficiaries is on.
This was contained in a statement by the Deputy Director Press in the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development, Rhoda Iliya on Friday in Abuja.
According to the statement, some protesters who alleged to be exiting Federal Government N-power Beneficiaries have rallied at the National Assembly and proceeded to the Federal Secretariat Complex demanding the government to employ all the exited 500,000 beneficiaries and also requested 600,000 thousand Naira be paid as a grant to them.
The Ministry in the statement states that the demand was not part of the agreement of engagement they signed with the Federal Government, which clearly stipulated that they will be exited after 2 years.
It further states that the government cannot afford the N300 billion they were asking for as a grant, as the Federal Government has expended hundreds of billions to N-POWER beneficiaries during the last 4 years.
The statement, however, says the federal government is liaising with the office of the Accountant General of the Federation, which is responsible for the payment of their stipends, to ensure that any outstanding legitimate claim is settled.
It adds that the Ministry is not a lending agency but is in contact with other Ministry’s, Departments and Agencies, MDAs such as CBN and NALDA, to see if the exited beneficiaries can key into their empowerment programmes.