By Zubairu Idris
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, has said that 117 independent monitors were engaged to assess implementation of the National Social Investment Programmes in Katsina State.
She made the disclosure on Thursday in Katsina at the opening ceremony of training for the independent monitors.
Umar Farouq, represented by the Assistant Director ICT in the ministry, Mr Aminu Tukur, said that the monitors would be assigned to supervise beneficiaries within their locality, schools, households and market clusters and make assessment.
The minister said that would enable the ministry to make improvements where necessary, so as to achieve the objectives.
She said that the National Social Investment Programme was created by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration with the aim of lifting citizens out of poverty through a number of social interventions.
According to her, such social interventions included N-Power, National Home-Grown School Feeding Program (NHGSFP), Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) and the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP), among others.
The Minister revealed that the scope of the programmes was large, with about 13 million citizens across the country who were benefiting from the Federal Government Interventions.
She urged the monitors to carry out their duties with diligence and sincerity.
“Please be informed that the ministry will not hesitate to take you off the programme if you are found violating the terms of your engagement.
“We are also working with security agencies like DSS, EFCC and ICPC to monitor these programmes.
“If you are found engaging in any form of malpractice or fraud, you will be handed over to them for investigation and prosecution,” she said.
Umar Farouq restated the commitment of President Buhari’s administration to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years.
Also speaking, the Special Adviser to Gov Aminu Masari on Empowerment and Social Intervention, Alhaji Abdulkadir Mohammed-Nasir, urged the monitors to do their job with sincerity.
Mohammed-Nasir also urged them not to allow themselves to be used by selfish politicians while discharging their duties.(NAN)