Social development programs created to lift Nigerians out of poverty – Minister
Hajiya Umaru Faruk, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, said the Federal Government’s National Social Investment Program (NSIP) was established to lift Nigerians out of poverty.
Faruk revealed this to Owerri on Thursday while reporting the training and onboarding of 300 Independent Monitors (IMs) of NSIP Stream 2.
The Minister identified Federal Government social interventions to include N-Power, Conditional Cash Transfers (CCTs), Home Grown School Feeding Programs (HGSFPs), as well as the Enterprise and Empowerment Program government (GEEP).
She explained that the independent monitors were responsible for monitoring federal government social development programs in various communities including schools, households, market clusters to ensure the success of the programs.
The Minister was represented on this occasion by Mrs. Chinenye Nwabuogu, Director at the Ministry.
She said the Federal Government had previously reported 1 flow of Independent Observers to Abuja where 4,454 personnel were trained and equipped to carry out their mission.
While describing the program as a very important component of the NSIP, the Minister alluded to the need for closer and adequate monitoring to ensure success.
She advised the trainees to listen carefully during the training, warned them against any act of misconduct.
“No intimidation of beneficiaries by independent monitors would be accepted.
“You have to be fair in your oversight and make sure you don’t sabotage the program,” she said.
She noted that DSS and EFCC officials are working with the organizers of the program, adding that any independent monitors found guilty will be handed over to the relevant authorities.
In her remarks, Ms. Rabiuo Ibrahim, Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development in Imo, said the program put in place by the federal government was designed to lift people out of poverty.
She advised independent monitors to use the opportunity of the training to acquire the necessary knowledge that would help them run the program.
She assured that the government was ready to assist in the implementation of the program after the training to ensure its success.
The Commissioner thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his initiative to create the program aimed at making a positive impact on people’s lives.
She also thanked the minister who she said has brought a lot of changes to the ministry since the program was introduced.
She praised Governor Hope Uzodimma for bringing the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs into the state.