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Social Investment: FG, EKSG Trains 47 Independent Monitors

The Federal Government, on Tuesday , distributed Engagement Letters and Tablets to the trained 47 Independent Monitors for the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) in Ekiti State, and charged them to carry out their assignment with the utmost sense of patriotism, diligence, and sincerity.

The Minister, Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Farouq, flagged off the distribution exercise, on Wednesday at Government House Ado Ekiti
Farouq urged the independent monitors to carry out their assignment with the utmost sense of patriotism, diligence, and sincerity, saying the ministry would not accept anything short of the set standards.

Represented by Hajia Jumai Ali,the Assistant Director Planning, Research and Statistics (PRS) of the ministry, Farouq noted that NSIP was created by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2016 with the mandate of lifting citizens out of poverty through a number of Social Interventions.

According to her, the social interventions 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), being implemented in 36 states of the Country and FCT.

“You may recall that we flagged off the training of 5000 Independent Monitors for the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) in Abuja on Thursday 4th February 2021.

“The training was carried out across the country from February 2021 to April 2021. Today, we are here to distribute Engagement Letters and Devices to the Trained Independent Monitors. These devices are equipped with an Application that will be used to report on monitoring activities by the independent monitors.

“All devices to be distributed today are locally made in Nigeria and the Monitoring Application was designed by an indigenous Company.
“The Application, which we called the Social Investment Management Information System (SIMIS), is a mobile and web-based Application designed for Monitoring the NSIP.

“Provision of an evidence-based report on findings in the field. Submission of various categories of reports in accordance with the set timelines.
“Attending all training and meetings as required by the Ministry, and other duties that may be assigned by the Ministry.”

She advised the Independent Monitors against assigning their responsibilities to third parties, saying every independent monitor would be held accountable by the Ministry for the task given to them.

She added that the Ministry reserved 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 the utmost sense of patriotism, diligence, and sincerity.
”We at the Ministry will not accept anything short of the set standards,” Farouq said.

She noted that the duration of the Independent Monitors’ assignment is for one year, from June 2021 to May 2022.

Earlier, the Ekiti State Focal Person of NSIP, Barr Victor Olumuyiwa kolade, congratulated the independent monitors for being part of the NSIP program to monitor its activities.
He noted that Ekiti State had been fully involved in all the four components of the NSIP program by the federal government.

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the initiative in providing jobs and lifting the poorest of the poor and the vulnerable citizens out of abject poverty.

He noted that about 12,000 NPower beneficiaries and about 103,000 pupils for HGSFP, have benefited in Ekiti State.

He added that the federal government had injected over a billion into the economy of Ekiti State through NSIP since its inception till date.

“Ekiti State Government is a responsible government and is committed to the full implementation of all FG’s programmes in the state.

“We will ensure that the program achieved its desired goals in Ekiti State,” Victor kolade esq said.

The 47 trained independent monitors from the 16 local government areas of Ekiti State, received their Engagement Letters and one Tablet device each.

Some of the independent monitors, who spoke to newsmen; Ahmed Adegoke from Ekiti west ,Ariyibi Tope Micheal from Efon Lg, and Oloshunde Olarenwaju from Oye LGAs, commended the federal government for the initiative and promised to do their best to ensure the success of this program.

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