Over 12.85 million Nigerians are presently benefiting from the Social Investment Programmes of the federal government.
This is according to Sadiya Umar Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management & Social Development.
The socials investment programmes were introduced by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in 2016 to reduce poverty in the country.
Flagging off a partnership between the National Social Investments Office (NSIO) and anti-graft agencies including the Independent corrupt practices and offences Commission, Farouq gave a breakdown of the number of people that have benefitted from the many SIP programmes in the country.
“I am pleased to say that all these programmes have recorded resounding successes, directly impacting the lives of over twelve million Nigerians, with several millions of indirect beneficiaries, whose living standards have significantly improved through the value of chain created by the various Social Protection Initiatives.
“On their individual level, there are over 548,000 graduate and non-graduate beneficiaries under the N-Power; while Home-Grown School Feeding Programme has over 9.8 million beneficiaries; Government Enterprise & Empowerment Programme (GEEP) being coordinated by the Bank of Industry, has over 2.1 million beneficiaries from TraderMoni, MarketMoni and FarmerMoni; and Conditional Cash Transfer initiative has almost 400,000 beneficiaries.”
“The National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) was set up in 2016 to coordinate and supervise all components of the social protection programme namely the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP), Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP), N-Power and the National Cash Transfer Programme (NCTP).
She also stressed that the partnership aligns with the vision of President Buhari’s administration to rid Nigeria of corruption and other forms of sharp practices.
“To achieve the task of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years in line with Mr President’s directive, we must as a ministry ensure that all our poverty alleviation strategies and programmes remained strengthened and devoid of infractions that could undermine ongoing efforts to empower our poor and vulnerable citizens.
“This is why this collaborative engagement between NSIO and ICPC is crucial as it aims to prevent and eliminate third party corruption in the National Social Investment Programme N-SIP.” she said