OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a motion to investigate alleged corruption, wastage, mismanagement and victimisation of N-Power Teach beneficiaries of the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP).
This was sequel to a motion raised on the floor of the House by Mrs Taiwo Onouloga Ogunwumi (APC,Osun) under matters of urgent national importance titled “urgent need to investigate the arbitrariness and possible corruption in the N-Power Programme of the Federal Government”.
She expressed concern over reported cases of alleged non payment of allowances accrued to N-Power beneficiaries, especially the N-Power Teach component, ranging between 12 to 15 months.
“In Osun State alone, over 400 N-Power beneficiaries/teachers are being owed monthly allowances ranging from 12 months, 15 months and 18 months respectively, due to arbitrary withholding of their account and unlawful exit from the platform despite diligence at the place of official assignment,” she added.
Mrs Taiwo, who doubles as chairperson, House Committee on Women Affairs, noted that the alleged practice is against the objectives of the Social Investment Programme, particularly the N-Power component, and is a waste of public funds.
According to her, the House will use its power as contained in Sections 88 and 89 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to investigate the matter.
While adopting the motion, the House directed its committees on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Youth Development to investigate the allegations and report back in three weeks.