Like the N20.51trillion 2022 Appropriation bill, which both Chambers of the National Assembly are working round the clock to pass for third reading next week, the one for establishment of an agency for Social Investment Programmes (NSIP), will be given similar treatment.
President Muhammadu Buhari had penultimate week, forwarded an executive communication tagged: “National Social Investment Programmes (Establishment) bill 2022, to both the Senate and the House of Representatives for expeditious consideration.
The Senate last week after passing the bill which primarily seeks for establishment of an agency for coordination and implementation of all social intervention programmes, mandated its committee on Special Duties to give it required legislative inputs and report back within two weeks.
The Committee chaired by Senator Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf (APC Taraba Central), accordingly met on Thursday December 8 and resolved to finish legislative process on the piece of legislation this week.
Addressing Journalists on the urgent assignment, Senator Yusuf said, “The executive have done the right thing with the proposed law for establishment of an agency for coordination and implementation of the various clusters of Social Intervention Programmes.
“As mandated by the Senate after passage of the bill for second reading , this committee will expedite action on the bill by carrying out public hearing on it within a week and get report for its consideration for third reading to the Senate before proceeding on Christmas and New year break.
“The proposed agency, will make implementations of the programmes more transparent , accountable and most importantly, impactful for the categories of Nigerians targeted to be brought out of poverty,” he said.
Recalled that since 2016, when the programme was introduced, it has different clusters like Trader Moni, Farmers moni, N- Power, Home grown School feeding etc, presently being coordinated by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Services, Disaster Management and Social Development created in 2019.