Special Public Work: FG Commences Partial Payment To Beneficiaries

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The federal government has commenced the partial payment to beneficiaries of its special public works (SPW) programme.

This was disclosed by the minister of state, labour and employment, Festus Keyamo via his Twitter page on Saturday.

In March 2021, Keyamo said that Buhari had ordered the release of funds for payment of the 774,000 beneficiaries of the SPW programme.

“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,” the tweet read.

“We discovered instances of accounts not matching BVNs, multiple accounts bearing a single BVN, non-existent BVNs, etc.”

“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.”

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