NSIP Monitors: The Federal Government through the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has dispersed letters of engagement and tablets to 4,452 trained independent monitors for effective monitoring of National Social Investment Programmes (NSIP), see more details below.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq flagged off these distributions in Abuja on Thursday. The Federal Government is to spend a whopping N1.8 billion to monitor the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) across the country.
Farouq also launched the Social Investment Management Information System (SIMIS) application to monitor programmes under the National Social Investment Programmes (N-SIP).
Briefly about the National Social Investment Programmes (N-SIP)
The National Social Investment Programmes (N-SIP) was launched by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2016 with the aim of lifting Nigerians out of poverty.
Some of the N-SIP interventions include:
- National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP)
- Conditional Cash Transfer Programme (CCT).
- Government Enterprises and Endowment Programme (GEEP)
In February 2021, the federal government flagged off the training of 5,000 independent monitors for effective monitoring of N-SIP.
“Out of 5,000 Independent Monitors identified and shortlisted for the training, 4,452 were trained across the country,” Farouq said.
“Today I am here to flag off the distribution of Engagement Letters and Devices for the Trained Independent Monitors. These devices are equipped with an Application that will be used to report on monitoring activities of the trained Independent Monitors.
“The Application, which we called the Social Investment Management Information System (SIMIS), is a mobile and web-based Application designed for Monitoring the National Social Investment Programme.
“Using this Application, the Ministry sees real time report of activities of the Independent Monitors on the Field.
Farouq, who was in Bauchi to distribute gadgets and engagement letters to about 250 beneficiaries trained and deployed to different local councils in the state, said the 5,000 beneficiaries would be paid N30,000 monthly for one year – amounting to N1.8 billion.
She said the monitors would oversee the activities of N-Power, Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT), Homegrown Feeding, and Government Enterprises and Endowment Programme (GEEP) that was introduced in 2016.
“We can view reports submitted and see the N-SIP performance indicators by state and detect areas of challenges. This will provide greater visibility to the Ministry and equip us with information to follow up with implementation happening at the state level.
“The Application allows the Ministry to have visibility up to the local government level. It will guide us at the Federal Level to ensure that the programmes are working in line with their objectives, and also task the states to ensure they meet up with their deliverables towards effective implementation of the Programme.
“Essentially, it will help us deliver on our mandate and contribute to Mr. President’s vision of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of Poverty.”
Farouq further said the independent monitors will be paid N30,000 monthly, however, they must meet up to 80 percent of their deliverables every month to be eligible for their stipend, adding that the duration of their assignment is for one year from June 1, 2021 to May 31, 2022.
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