The Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, has flagged off the distribution of engagement letters and tablets to trained Independent Monitors in Abuja, FCT.
According to the Minister, “These Devices are equipped with an Application that will be used to report on monitoring activities of the trained Independent Monitors.
“The Application, which we called the Social Investment Management Information System (SIMIS), is a mobile and web-based Application designed for Monitoring the National Social Investment Programme. Using this Application, the Ministry sees real time report of activities of the Independent Monitors on the Field.
“We can view reports submitted and see the NSIP performance indicators by state and detect areas of challenges. For example, under the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme, we can see where feeding has taken place and where there is no feeding happening. This will provide greater visibility to the Ministry and equip us with information to follow up with implementation happening at the state level.
Continuing, “The Application allows the Ministry to have visibility up to the local government level. It will guide us at the Federal Level to ensure that, the programmes are working in line with their objectives, and also task the states to ensure they meet up with their deliverables towards effective implementation of the Programme. Essentially, it will help us deliver on our mandate and contribute to Mr. President’s vision of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of Poverty”.
“The Independent Monitors are expected to monitor a designated number of beneficiaries of the National Social Investment Programme. They will be paid a monthly stipend of N30,000, and they must meet up to 80% of their deliverables monthly to be eligible for their stipend.
She said that letters of the Independent Monitors clearly articulates the scope of work which includes, routine Monitoring of all programmes under the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) in their assigned LGA, provision of evidence-based report on findings in the field and others.
Earlier, the Pemanent Secretary in his remarks, expressed gratitude to the Honourable Minister for the efforts to achieving the target of President Muhammadu Buhari of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2030, the staff of the Ministry and other stakeholders from the inception of the training of the Independent Monitors.
He said, ” in a bid to achieve the set goals of the National Social Investment Programmes adequate monitoring is important.The engagement of independent Monitors for NSIP therefore is one of the strategies to ensure these programmes achieve desired results”.
Dr. Umar Bindir described the NSIP as the engine of growth in the country, he said the independent monitors have been selected carefully and with independent minds to analyse data properly.
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10th June, 2021