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774,000 jobs: Over 250,000 workers yet to receive pay

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The Federal Government has said it has not paid some participants of the Extended Special Public Works Programme their stipend due to irregularities in their bank accounts, among other hiccups.

Of the 639, 947 participants registered for the programme, only 394, 433 have been paid as of June 18, with some 254,515 yet to receive stipend payment

The government said it has paid N7,888,660 billion as a month’s stipend to the 394,433 participants.

According to a document obtained last night, only 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.

Some participants said they were uncomfortable with the payment system.

It was gathered that some of the aggrieved participants have protested to the presidency over the delay in payment.

A participant said: “It is unfortunate that some of us have completed the mandatory three months but we have not been paid. Some have just received the N20, 000 stipends for only one month.

“I think the objective of the Public Works Programme has been defeated. It is just sad that the payment for this stop-gap job is not being well-handled.”

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