The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development have warned newly trained Independent Monitors not to harrass beneficiaries of the National Social Investment Programme all over the federation.
At the flag off training for 3,000 monitors at the weekend in Benin City, Edo State, representative of the ministry, Margaret Chuka-Ogwude, stated that 4,452 independent monitors were trained in the first phase, noting that the new monitors were expected to continue using the same platform to report their activities from the field.
She said that the NSIP was created by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in 2016 with the mandate of lifting citizens out of poverty through a number of Social Interventions which included the Job Creation Programme, the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme, the Conditional Cash Transfer Programme, and the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme.
She noted that the NSIP Independent Monitors were responsible for monitoring the programme in their communities in schools, households, and market clusters, with the focus of ensuring that the primary objectives of the NSIPs were achieved.
She said: “All state NSIP officials are here today, and I ask you to work closely with them. No intimidation of beneficiaries by an Independent Monitor will be accepted by the Ministry. Any Independent Monitor found intimidating or harassing a beneficiary will be taken off the programme.
“Be informed that we have officials of the EFCC and DSS working with us on this programme, and those found culpable will be handed over to relevant authorities,” she added.
Chuka-Ogwude said the ministry provided tablets for them to carry out their monitoring activities on the field, adding that the monitors were one of the most important components of the NSIP and the ministry lays special emphasis on ensuring its programmes were closely monitored.
“We have monitors in every local government where the NSIPs are being implemented. Using the Social Investment Management Information System (SIMIS) application, our first batch monitors have been uploading their reports on a daily basis and this gives us good visibility into programme implementation at the various communities,” she added.