SPWP and the delay in stipend payment

Permit us a space to draw the attention of the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Okoye, on the delay in the payment of special public works program (SPWP) stipends three months after the take off of the program. It could be recalled that the federal government engaged 774,000 youths across the country. Interestingly, President Muhammadu Buhari graciously approved the payment of all the three months stipends for the beneficiaries.

However, in spite of the directive to the Nationa Directorate of Employment (NDE) to compile the list of the beneficiaries and ensure fraud-free payment, 99% of the participants are yet to receive their first payments.

Although, the minister attributed the delay in the payment to only two banks and assured it will be paid before the second payment, nothing has been done two months after. We passionately appeal to the honourable minister to intervene and ensure these approved stipends are paid as directed by Mr President.

Aliyu Khalid and Jamilu Yunusa,
Pambegua, Kaduna state.