Federal Government has through the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, distributed engagement letters and tablets to the trained one hundred and fifty independent monitors of the National Social Investment Programme in Anambra state.
The one hundred and fifty independent monitors of the national social investment programme were selected, four persons from each of the twenty-one Local Government Areas of Anambra state and federal government is to pay them stipend of thirty thousand naira monthly, for one year.
The obligations of the one hundred and fifty independent monitors of the National Social Investment Programmes include, routine Monitoring of all programmes under the National Social Investment Programme, in their assigned Local Governments Areas, provision of evidence-based report on findings in the field, and Submission of various categories of reports in accordance with the set timelines, among others.
The National Social Investment Programme was created by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2016 with the mandate of lifting Nigerians out of poverty through a number of Social Interventions which include, the Job Creation Programme N-POWER, National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme, Conditional Cash Transfer Programme, and Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme.
These programmes were moved to the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development in 2019 following the creation of the Ministry, and presently, the Programmes are being implemented in thirty-six states of the Country and the Federal Capital Territory.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disasters Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar-Farouq represented at the event by the Director Planning, Research and Statistics in the Ministry, Mr Raphael Oraeluno reminded the independent monitors that the Ministry has the right to disengage any of them for misconduct or noncompliance with set guidelines and directives, and urged them to carry out their assignment with utmost sense of patriotism, diligence, and sincerity, as the Ministry will not accept anything short of the set standards.
Anambra state government was represented by the state National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme Focal Person, Lady Chinwe Iwuchukwu who spoke through the state Program Manager, National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme, Lady Uzoamaka Eriken restated the commitment of the state government towards ensuring that the state maintains the lead in the poverty alleviation program of the federal government.
In their various speeches, the Deputy Director Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management And Social Development who is also the Team Leader for distribution of the engagement letters and tablets in the South East, Mr Charles Nwanelo-Anelo, the state Director, National Orientation Agency, Barrister Charles Nwoji, and Director Anambra state Cash Transfer Unit, Mr Raphael Enukorah, while pointing out that the employment of the independent monitors will enable the Ministry detect areas where there are challenges, provide greater visibility of activities happening in the field, as well help to deliver on its mandate and contribute to President Buhari’s vision of lifting one hundred million Nigerians out of Poverty, charged the monitors on transparency and fairness in their daily routine.
In various interviews, some of the Independent Monitors including Mr Kenneth Ayiba from Njikoka Local Government Area, Miss Chinyere Eze, and Mr Anthony Okafor thanked the federal government for the initiative and promised to live up to the expectation in the course of their duties.