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FG to expose abusers of social investment programme

The Presidency says any government official found exploiting and extorting beneficiaries of the Social Investment Programme would be exposed and sanctioned.

Special Adviser to the President on Social Investment Programme Hajiya Maryam Uwais made this known at the fourteenth Anti corruption situation room on increasing transparency in the implementation of the Programmes held in Maiduguri. 

The situation room convened by Human and Environmental Development Agenda HEDA is a public accountability platform to ensure judicious utilisation of funds released for the social Investment programmes.

The Special Adviser to the President on Social Investments Hajiya Maryam Uwais outlined the successes recorded by the four programmes which are, the cash transfer, National Home Grown School feeding program, Job creation and Government Empowerment and Enterprise program GEEP.

Represented by Sola Afolayan, head of monitoring and evaluation of the programme, Mrs Uwais said as at tenth of September, twenty nineteen a total of 1.3 million poor and vulnerable households, comprising 5.4 million individuals have been captured on the national social register across thirty two states of the federation. 

She stressed that with the policy and strategy put in place, the target of lifting one hundred million Nigerians out of poverty in ten years is achievable. 

On the school feeding program, the special adviser said 9.8 million pupils have been reached across 32 states, while three additional states are expected to come in board this month. 

Executive  Secretary Presidential Advisor Committee against Anti corruption Professor Sadiq Radda called for proper monitoring of those implementing the programme. 

Director General National Orientation Agency Dr Garba Abari noted that agency is expanding the frontiers of the anti corruption crusade to ensure success of the Programmes. 

He explained that all the issues raised during meeting will be forwarded to the federal government for necessary action. 

Some of the beneficiaries applauded the Federal government for initiating the Programmes, they however complained about irregularities particularly in payment of cooks who engaged in the school feeding program in Borno state. 

The forum had in attendance government agencies, civil society organisations, anti graft agencies, the academia and beneficiaries of the social Investment Programmes. 

Dauda Iliya

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