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January Stipend: Volunteers Confront N-Power, Lament Nonpayment Of January Stipend As New Month Enters 11th Day | CNR

As Npower volunteers across the nation continue to lament over persistent delay of their January stipends, managers of the Federal Government social investment programme has refused to offer any explanation for the continued delay of the last month’s pay.

A check on their various social media channels reveal that their last update of information to their followers was on the 5th of February at 10:03 am.

The information on their official Facebook page on the said date was about N-Power Build training manual.

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Also, a check on their Instagram account show that last post on the platform was on the same 5th of January and on the same N-Power Build training manual.

Their Twitter handle also carry same message on the same date.

But a look at the comment section of the last post on their different platforms show that many existing beneficiaries were worried about the continued delay of January stipend.

Most of the existing beneficiaries who commented expressed displeasure at the delay and demand explanation from managers of the scheme regarding the status of the January stipend.

One of the existing beneficiaries, Christian Charles who commented through their Instagram account wondered why N-Power treat issue of beneficiaries’ monthly stipend with levity, insisting that beneficiaries deserve explanation on why their January stipends was still hanging.

“N-Power it appears you people only see us as beggars who have no dignity and respect. But I want to tell you that we are not what you think we are. Today is the fifth day of a new month and you have not said anything on the delay of our last month’s stipend. Mind you that we are not beggars. We do the work and deserve our pay as at when due.

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Another N-Power follower on Instagram, Ormolaphe, said the scheme would soon lose its credibility over the manner they handle beneficiaries stipend.

“This programme will lose its credibility if it continue in this manner that people don’t get their stipend and preselected beneficiaries don’t know their fate.

For another beneficiary, Lukman Tambuwal, N-Power has no excuse for continued delay of beneficiaries’ stipends.

“N-Power, you have no excuse what so ever to delay the beneficiaries stipends. Because it was stated initially before the programme starts, that the money were being included in the budget. How do you want the beneficiaries to make some investments while you are faithfully inconsistent”, the volunteer wondered.

As of the time of filling this report, N-Power is yet to offer any official explanation on why beneficiaries January stipend is still being withheld.

The Author

Chinenye Nwabueze

He is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, COOU, (formerly Anambra State University), Igbariam Campus.

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