We are pleased to inform the general public that the Federal Government has commenced a Partial Payments Of Stipends to Special Public Works (SPW 774,000 Jobs) Beneficiaries.
After the release of some of the funds by the Ministry of Finance for the payment of SPW stipends, Festus Keyamo SAN, Hon. Minister of State, Labour and Employment 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, etc.
Because of our determination to eliminate fraud, I further directed the NDE to write to the banks to clean up these anomalies b4 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.