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FG to prosecute social investment saboteurs

The Special Adviser to the President on Social Investments, Mrs Maryam Uwais, says the Federal Government will continue to uphold the principles of Transparency, Accountability and Probity in the implementation of the Government’s Social Intervention Programmes.

Mrs Uwais also said efforts were being intensified to track down those bent on sabotaging the programmes by exploiting beneficiaries for personal gains.

In a statement, Mrs Uwais said the National Social Investment Office NSIO, was working with the relevant security agencies to ensure that those found wanting are arrested and prosecuted.

She responded against the backdrop of media reports which quoted her to have accused monarchs and other traditional rulers in the country of collecting bribes from beneficiaries of the Social Intervention Programmes of the Federal Government, urging members of the public to dismiss such reports as misrepresentation of facts.

Mrs Uwais, who delivered a goodwill message as Special Guest at the 13th anti-corruption agenda for the 9th National Assembly said she did not mention Monarchs or Traditional rulers as among those involved in demanding kickbacks from SIP beneficiaries in rural areas.

She said in addition to field reports, her office gets reports from independent monitors and volunteers, and also encourages feedbacks from members of the public to achieve better results in the implementation of the Social Safety Net Programmes.

Biodun Dare