N2tr Social Investment Programme a failure, say Lawan, Gbajabiamila
THE implementation and distribution of the Federal Government’s Social Investment Programme (SIP) fund has failed, Senate President Ahmad Lawan
The SIP has gulped over N2 trillion since 2016 when the special intervention fund was created as an annual budgetary allocation targeted at the poor.The sum of N500 billion was provided in the budget every year since 2016.Also, in the wobbly 2020 budget, the sum of N500 billion was voted for the SIP.
Lawan and Gbajabiamila spoke yesterday when they met with the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq and some top officials of the ministry.The Senate President and House of Representatives Speaker lamented that the fund had failed to reach those for who it was created.
The National Assembly presiding officers called for the immediate review of the implementation of the fund for it to achieve its intended purpose.Read Also:COVID-19: Chinese doctors must be quaratined – GbajabiamilaThe meeting, according to a statement by the Special Adviser (Media) to the Senate President, Ola Awoniyi, in Abuja, was attended by the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, Deputy Speaker, Idris Wase and some other principal officers and members from both chambers.
According to the statement, the meeting was convened by the leadership of the National Assembly against the backdrop of the ongoing Federal Government intervention initiatives aimed at reducing the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on the most vulnerable Nigerians.
During the meeting, according to the statement, Lawan and Gbajabiamila made it clear that the SIP which was established in 2016 under the Presidency, but which is now under the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, needed a reform to make it more efficient and effective.
Lawan said that “the National Assembly is very much interested in the current intervention initiatives of the ministry, particularly with respect to the disbursement aimed at assuaging the plight of the poorest of the poor in Nigeria against COVID-19.”
“We feel that we need to work together with you to ensure that there is effectiveness, there is efficiency, that those who are supposed to benefit, benefit directly,” Lawan said.The Senate President said the National Assembly is concerned about the conditions and guidelines for the intervention programmes which are specifically directed at the most vulnerable Nigerians.
“When for example, some conditions are set that those who will benefit will have to go online, through the Internet or BVN (Bank Verification Number) and the rest of it.“I want to tell you that the majority of those who are supposed to benefit have no access to power. They have no access to the Internet. They have no bank account, so no BVN.
“In fact, many of them don’t even have phones and these are the poorest of the poor. Yet, some of the conditions or guidelines which you set inadvertently leave them out,” Lawan said.The Senate President said the poorest of the poor have not been sufficiently captured by the programme.
“We believe that when we work together, the Executive side of government and the National Assembly as representatives of the people, we will be able to reach much more of these people who are in serious distress even before the Coronavirus.“Now with Coronavirus, they need our attention more than ever before. The time has come that we review the ways and manner we use to deliver the services under the SIP to Nigerians.
“We need to be better in terms of strategy for delivery and definitely, what we have been doing in the past cannot deliver exactly what will solve the challenges of the most ordinary and most vulnerable Nigerians.“So we need to put on our thinking cap and work out some strategies on how to identify the poorest persons in Nigeria. I think we have not been able to reach far out there to get them properly captured,” Lawan said.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Gbajabiamila, told the minister that she is right now in the eye of the storm because all eyes are on her. Read more: The Nation Nigeria »
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