The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq has presented Engagement Letters and Tablets to Trained Independent Monitors of the integrated National Social Investment Programme in the Federal Capital Territory.
At the presentation in Abuja, the Minister said the gesture would be extended to states monitors across the country and urged them to carry out the assignment with outmost sense of patriotism, diligence, and sincerity as the Ministry would not accept anything short of the set standards.
Hajiya Sadiya explained that the devices were equipped with an Application that would be used to report on the programmes to ensure greater visibility to the Ministry and provide information to follow up with implementation happening at the state level.
“Today I am here to flag off the distribution of engagement Letters and Devices for the Trained Independent Monitors. The Application, which we called the Social Investment Management Information System (SIMIS), is a mobile and web-based Application designed for Monitoring the National Social Investment Programme. Using this Application, the Ministry sees real time report of activities of the Independent Monitors on the Field. We can view reports submitted and see the NSIP performance indicators by state and detect areas of challenges.
She tasked states to ensure they meet up with their deliverables towards effective implementation of the Programme to help the Federal Government deliver on its dream of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of Poverty.
Two of the Independent Monitors Auan Isaac and Uzoma Albert thanked the Federal Government on the opportunity given and promised to deliver on the tasks ahead of them.
The National Coordinator, National Social Investment Programme, NSIPs Dr Umar Bindir who said the programmes are huge the investment to the nation, hence it has become necessary to have a strategy for ensuring transparency, accountability and effectiveness to meet its goals.
The Independent Monitors are expected to monitor a designated number of beneficiaries of the National Social Investment Programme and a monthly stipend of N30,000, would be paid to them
4452 Independent Monitor were trained across the Country including the FCT.