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Social Investment Programme: NASS Got It Wrong – Maryam Uwais

File: The Particular Adviser to the President on Social Funding Programme, Mrs. Maryam Uwais.


The Particular Adviser to the President on Social Funding Programme, Mrs. Maryam Uwais, has faulted the management of the Nationwide Meeting over its claims concerning the conditional money switch scheme of the Federal Authorities.

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan and the Speaker of the Home of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila had on Tuesday faulted the implementation of the Social Investement Programme (SIP) because the lockdown over coronavirus continues within the nation.

Lawan and Gbajabiamila in a gathering with the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Catastrophe Administration and Social Growth, Sadiya Farouq in Abuja, referred to as for an overhaul of the programme.

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In an announcement on Wednesday, nonetheless, Mrs. Uwais described a few of the assertions made by the leaders of the Nationwide Meeting as unfaithful.

Based on her, the declare that the Nationwide Social Funding Programme has taken greater than N2 trillion since its inception was false.

“Although the total appropriation by the National Assembly (NASS) from inception, for the 4 NSIPs, is N1.7 trillion, the actual funds released for the NSIPs between January 2016 and October 2019 (when the NSIPs were handed over to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development), amounted to N619.1 billion, constituting 36.4% of the total appropriation from the NASS,” she defined.

Additionally, she mentioned that beneficiaries of the scheme don’t want to use on-line with their Financial institution Verification Quantity (BVN) for cost as each lawmakers insinuated.

She mentioned: “That as part of the conditions for poor and vulnerable beneficiaries to be engaged, they are made to apply online, through the internet and they require a BVN for payment. UNTRUE.”

Mrs. Uwais added: “The utilization of the BVN for N-Power beneficiary payment is also as a means of identity (since the NIN number can be generated from the BVN) and to facilitate the tracking of payments and further ensure accountability.”

On the identification of the beneficiaries not made public, she defined that the regulation (the FOI Act) doesn’t allow her workplace to launch the names of the beneficiaries.

Nonetheless, she mentioned they’ll “be discovered and verified by the LGA group facilitators (CTFs) who’ve been educated to assist them by weekly visits to the wards.

“The names, wards, LGAs, States and telephone numbers of the CTFs will be discovered right here, as the info collation continues to develop across the nation.”

Equally, she famous that the “monthly reports of 3,000 N-Power monitors, spread across the 774 LGAs, are available to both Poverty Alleviation Committees of the NASS.”




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