774,000 jobs: Bank challenge, others stall stipend payment

The Federal Government’s Extended Special Public Works Programme has drawn negative attention because some participants have not been paid their stipend due to irregularities in their bank accounts, among other hiccups.

Checkout Magazine learnt that only 639, 947 participants registered for the programme, only 394, 433 have been paid as of June 18, it was learnt yesterday.

The government said it has paid N7.888.660billion as a month’s stipend to the 394,433 participants.

According to The Nation, 463,742 participants were verified.

On Monday, officials from the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), participating banks and the minister’s office met to review the progress so far made in the execution of the programme

The session identified the problems associated with the programme, including shortfalls recorded in registration, verification and payments; non-regularisation of registration; incorrect or inconsistent Bank Verification Numbers (BVNs); inability to use the internet; and the need to avoid wide-scale fraud.

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