The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development (FMHADMSD), Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq, Friday, warned that the ministry would hand over any independent monitor found violating objectives of the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) to the law enforcement agents for prosecution.
Farouq, who stated this at Awka, during the training of 150 personnel engaged to monitor the NSIP programme in the state, charged the monitors to carry out their responsibilities “with utmost diligence and sincerity.”
According to her, the ministry would monitor the monitors as it works in partnership with the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Directorate of State services (DSS) and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission and other related offences Commission (ICPC) with a view to ensuring transparency in the processes.
Farouq, represented by the director, planning, research and statistics in the ministry, Mr. Ralph Obi, said the monitors were carefully selected from private sectors who would discharge their duties without fear or favour so as to achieve maximum results.
“The National Social Investment programme was created by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2016 with a mandate of lifting citizens out of poverty through a number of social interventions which include the creation programme (NPOWER), National Home Grown School Feeding programme, Conditional cash transfer and the government enterprise empowerment programme. Today we are training independent monitors that will monitor the programme at the community level,” she said