Usman Abubakar Adamu
Hundreds of N- Power and Cash Transfer, a marching grant introduced by the Federal government under its Social investment programmes with a view to reduce poverty and unemployment among youth , had decried nonpayment for about a year ago.
The complainants tabled their grievances over the weekend during a meeting with the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Social investment Progarmme Barrister Ismaila Ahmad which held at Manpower Development Institute, Dutse, Jigawa state.
Some of them were engaged as teachers under N-power, but were yet to receive their allowances since December last year, while others were owed six, nine, and three months by the authorities concerned.
They told the visiting presidential aide who was in the state for fact finding mission to review and ascertain whether the prgrammes had succeeded in Jigawa state or otherwise, despite several complaints they channeled to state Coordinating office, but their plight was yet to see the light of the day.
According to one Musa Abdullahi from Garki said he made all necessary correction about BVN , but since December last year , he was yet to get a single Kobo in terms of monthly pay while another woman from Birnin Kudu decried that she was owed nine months and pleaded to the SSA to make their case to the Federal government .
In his version, comrade Ambassador Shafu’i Abubakar commended the federal government under President Muhammadu Buhari for introducing those multiple social security programmes saying they had achieved success in Jigawa adding that Buhari has no need to campaign in the state come 2019 , but they will do it on his behalf.
To Mrs. Ugwu Eki who was engaged in the home grown feeding of primary pupils, cooking food, said she will surely vote for Buhari in 2019.
In his response, the senior special Assistant on social investment prgramme to the president Barrister Ismaila Ahmed, confirmed that they were having problems with finances but assured that they soon overcome the problems.
He commended the Cash transfer Coordinator and jigawa state government for implementing the soft loan , cash transfer and N- Power , and feeding of primary pupils programmes to the latter pointed that big states like Kano and Lagos were yet to commence feeding programme .Earlier inhis welcome address, the state Coordinator of the programmes Malam Bala Usman Cahamo, said Jigawa was not lagged behind in the Country in terms of implementation of the programmes adding that those who were not paid were a little over 100 people .
He stated that over 48,000.00 out of 55,000.00 listed to benefit from the Cash Transfer programme have been paid in the state in nine focal local government adding that another 15 local government were under screening.