The payment of 5000 Naira to most vulnerable members of the society by the Federal Government of Nigeria which was to have commenced in Maiduguri on Friday, January 6, 2017 is yet to start as at today, Tuesday, January 10, 2017, YERWA EXPRESS NEWS confirms.
This was even as beneficiaries of the scheme had gathered in anticipation at the Maiduguri NYSC Orientation Camp, (now temporarily an idp camp) the venue where the payment is to be made.
The focal person of the scheme, Babazannah Abdulkarim, the chairman of the State Emergency Management Agency, (SEMA), Engr. Satomi Ahmed who were at the venue, have both confirmed to these reporters that all arrangements to facilitate the payments were made at least a work ago.
However, what delayed the payment was attributed to the failure of Guaranty Trust Bank, GTB, the bank entrusted with the task of making the payment to keep to time and the arrangements.
These reporters understood that the bank has an internal problem which they have not sorted out.
Both beneficiaries and the facilitators of the scheme were visibly not happy with the situation, these reporters can confirm.
The beneficiaries, numbering 1800 persons, are all internally displaced persons living in idp camps in Maiduguri.
The SEMA chairman said, it was easy for them to determine the most vulnerable members of the society ‘because as idps, they are already removed from everything they do’.
The focal person however stressed that this is the first phase of the scheme, noting that the number will increase in subsequent batches. As at the time of filling this report, the payment has not commenced.
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20 September 2022