She said that the mandate for the outstanding payment to the 500,000 enrollees had been signed after all due processes, in line with the rules guiding Federal Government’s public financial expenditure.
“Those responsible for processing the payment must do it in conformity with the necessary rules and regulations to ensure accountability.
“Now that the rules were followed strictly and the process concluded, I was given the assurance that they will start receiving credit alerts from their banks today, Tuesday, April 14, 2020,” Farouq said.
She said the creation of the ministry was leading to the institutionalisation of the programme which entailed that payments for N-Power participants or their enrolment, must be through transparent processes, in line with the relevant rules to ensure accountability.
The minister restated the resolve of the current administration to overhaul the National Social Investment Programmes (NSIPs) including the N-Power component.
Farouq said the measure was to ensure transparency, effectiveness, accountability and judicious application of public resources in running the programmes.
“The ministry will along with relevant partners drive the overhauling process to ensure that the expected benefits of the NSIPs are realised in full,” she said.
The N-Power programme is a job creation and skills empowerment programme of the federal government for young Nigerians between the ages of 18 and 35.
It is designed to help young Nigerians acquire and develop life-long skills to become practical solution providers in their communities, enabling them to become innovative players in the domestic and global markets.
Enrolled participants are weaned off the programme after every 24 months and replaced by another batch of youths drawn from across the country. Each participant is paid N30, 000 monthly allowance.