“Our determination to ensure those selected for this programme get paid to assist them in these tough times is also matched by our determination to ensure that the programme does not spiral into a vehicle for fraud; not under the watch of Mr. President; not under my watch”
The Honourable Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Olorogun Festus Keyamo, SAN, has directed the National Directorate of Employment, a directorate domicile in his ministry, to immediately commence payment to the 774,000 beneficiaries of the special public works programme nationwide.
In an official press release from the verified Twitter account of the Honourable Minister of State, Keyamo stated that his ministry has received part of the funds budgeted for the SPW programme from the Ministry of Finance, in which he has instructed a thorough scrutiny on the details of the participants must be made before payments to avoid hitches caused by irregularities.
Keyamo noted that in the cause of carrying out a thorough scrutiny and verification of the participants of the SPW programme, his ministry discovered instances of accounts not tallying with their bank verification numbers, multiple accounts bearing same bank verification numbers, non existent bank verification numbers and other irregularities.
In a bid to eliminate fraud in the system by aiding the Presidency’s fight against corruption, the Honourable Minister of State, Labour and Employment has directed the NDE to write to the banks to clean up the anomalies before commencing payments.
It is worthy of note that upon the directive issued by Keyamo through the NDE to the banks handling the financial details of the SPW participants, only Access Bank has responded with accounts verified for payments, prompting the NDE to commence payments today while Zenith, UBA, FCMB, Fidelity, Heritage & Yobe Micro-Finance Banks are yet to submit their records of accounts verified for payments.
In his statement, Keyamo said “after the release of some of the funds by the Ministry of Finance for the payment of SPW stipends, I directed a rigorous scrutiny of the accounts of the participants before payments.
“We discovered instances of accounts not matching BVNs, multiple accounts bearing a single BVN, non-existent BVNs, etcetera.
“Because of our determination to eliminate fraud, I further directed the NDE to write to the banks to clean up these anomalies before commencing payments.
“So far, only Access Bank has responded with accounts verified for payments and the NDE has today commenced payments of those accounts with Access Bank.
“We await the responses of Zenith, UBA, FCMB, Fidelity, Heritage & Yobe Micro-Finance Banks to clean up the anomalies.
“Our determination to ensure those selected for this programme get paid to assist them in these tough times is also matched by our determination to ensure that the programme does not spiral into a vehicle for fraud; not under the watch of Mr. President; not under my watch”, Keyamo reiterated.
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