The Federal Government says over 4,440 youths were trained under the National social Investment programme across the country from February to April 2021.
The Minister of Humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk disclosed this at the flagging off ceremony for the provision of engagement letters and distribution of tablets to trained Independent monitors held at Manpower Development Institute Dutse, the jigawa state capital.
The Minister who was represented by the Assistant Director ICT of the ministry, Alhaji Aminu Tukur Bello explained that out of the 5,000 Independent Monitors, 4,452 were trained across the country.
According to her, the devices are equipped with an application that will be used to report on monitoring activities of the trained Independent Monitors.
Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk said the application, called the Social Investment Management Information System SIMIS, is a mobile and web-based application designed for Monitoring the National Social Investment Programme.
She pointed out that by using the application, the Ministry sees real time report of activities of the Independent Monitors on the Field.
She said the ministry can view reports submitted and see the NSIP performance indicators by state and detect areas of challenges.
The Minister said, under the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme, they can see where feeding has taken place and where there is no feeding happening, noting that, this will provide greater visibility to the Ministry and equip them with information to follow up with implementation happening at the state level.
She added that the application allows the Ministry to have visibility up to the local government level and will guide them at the Federal Level to ensure that, the programmes are working in line with their objectives.
Hajiya Sadiya said it will also task the states to ensure they meet up with their deliverables towards effective implementation of the programme.
She further explained that the Independent Monitors will be paid a monthly stipend of N30,000 and they must meet up to 80% of their deliverables monthly to be eligible for their stipend.
She said the programme will help the Humanitarian Ministry deliver on their mandate and contribute to President Buhari’s vision of lifting 100 million nigerians out of Poverty.
Earlier, the jigawa state coordinator of the SIP programme, Mallam Bala Usman Chamo charged the independent monitors to be deligent in the discharge of their duties.
He explained that programme has four components Npower, GEEP National Home grown school feeding programme and conditional cash transfer.
It could be recalled that, the national social Investment programme SIP, was created by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2016 with the mandate of lifting citizens out of poverty through a number of Social Interventions which include N-POWER, National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme, Conditional Cash Transfer Programme, and the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme.