The Federal Government yesterday said that it would commence payment of N30,000 monthly stipends to 200,000 graduates engaged under N-Power job creation programme.
13 states have submitted verified lists of the graduates and more expected later in the week.
The Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to Vice President, Laolu Akande who made the disclosure that 13 states have submitted verified lists of the graduates and more expected later in the week.
He explained that the graduates have also been deployed to their primary places of assignment in some states.
Expatiating more on the programme, Akande explained that the Federal Government is responsible for the graduates’ monthly stipends, adding that it is in partnership with state governments to verify the selected unemployed graduates and deploy them to their primary places of assignment since each of them would be serving in their communities where they are resident.
The Vice president’s aide disclosed that the states that have completed the verification by weekend are Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Cross Rivers, Gombe, Jigawa, Katsina and Kogi states.
Others according to him are Niger, Plateau, Sokoto, Taraba and Zamfara States, while verification and deployment have already been completed in Benue, Cross Rivers and Kogi.
According to him, in virtually all the states, the verification has commenced and there are indications that much progress would be made this week in order to enable the Federal Government process the monthly payments of the already verified graduates before Christmas.
He said the present administration is keen on ensuring that the selected 200,000 graduates are able to draw their stipends starting from December as plans have been concluded to release the funds once verification is completed.
Akande added that states have been very cooperative in working with the Federal Government so much that even in the once that have not completed verification by weekend, much activities are going on towards attaining that goal.
He assured that the Federal Government would pay the graduates their monthly stipends directly into their own bank accounts, adding that 93 per cent of the selected 200,000 graduate volunteers have already been verified based on Bank Verification Number.
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