The federal government says it will prosecute anyone engaging in any form of sharp practices or corruption in the implementation of its numerous social investments programs aimed at reducing poverty in Nigeria.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk gave the warning in Owerri while handing over appointment letters and electronic devices to independent monitors of the programs in Imo state.
The Minister noted that those engaged would monitor the activities of designated beneficiaries of the programs and report the same to the ministry through a software dedicated to the exercise.
She appealed to the state government to assist in the monitoring exercise to enable it advise the federal government on ways of improving the programs in the state
Hajiya Umar Farouk who was represented by a Director in the ministry Chief Ralph Obi urged the Monitors to show commitment in their work noting that a good number of those who performed creditably would be offered permanent employment by the federal government.
The Imo state Governor Chief Hope Uzodimma in a message to the occasion urged the monitors to be diligent noting that the programs would help to check restiveness among the youths.