The Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has distributed engagement letters and tablets to 56 trained Independent Monitors to track the various packages the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) in Nassarawa States.
The Minister was represented at the occasion by her Technical Advisor Mal Abdullahi Usman and the team leader, Deputy Director Planning and Research of the ministry, Hajiya Safiya Sani.
Speaking at the event for the distribution of engagement letters and Tablets to the trained independent monitors in Lafia, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development , Sadiya Umar Farouq said the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) was created by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2016 with the mandate of lifting citizens out of poverty through a number of social interventions.
She said the programmes include the job creation programme N-POWER, National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP), Conditional Cash Transfer Programme (CCT) and the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP).
‘’We flagged off the training of 5000 Independent Monitors for the National Social Investment Programme in Abuja on Thursday 4th February 2021. The training was carried out across the Country from February 2021 to April 2021″.
Each Independent monitor is expected to monitor a designated number of beneficiaries of the National Social Investment Programme, she said.
‘’They will be paid a monthly stipend of N30,000, and they must meet up to 80 per cent of their deliverables monthly to be eligible for their stipend,’’ she said.
The minister warned the independent monitors not to assign their responsibilities to third parties and urged them to carryout the assignment with utmost since of patriotism, diligence and sincerity.
She added that, ‘’The Ministry reserves the right to disengage an Independent Monitor for misconduct or noncompliance with set guidelines and directives. I hereby urge you to carry out this assignment with utmost sense of patriotism, diligence, and sincerity”.
The Nasarawa State Governor, Engr Abdullahi A Sule represented by his SSA on Humanitarian Services and Focal Person, National Social Investment Programmes, Hon. Imran Usman Jibril expressed gratitude towards the effort of the of Federal Government.
Mrs. Priscila Gondo Alao, Director National Orientation Agency urged the independent Monitors not to cut corners and to give factual reports.
For: DD (Information)
9th July, 2021