Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari boasted that it has impacted the lives of 15 million families through the National Social Investment Programmes (NSIP).
This was disclosed by the minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, at the 23rd edition of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s scorecard series held in Abuja on Tuesday, February 7 2023.
She noted that NSIP has been the key instrument in uplifting the lives of the poorest of the poor individuals in the country.
“Today, the ministry has directly touched the lives of over 15 million individuals and their families. Through the commitment of his excellency, President Buhari, these life-changing programmes are being institutionalised and continue to receive the necessary funding,” she said.
She added that more than 9.9 million children across the 36 states and the federal capital territory (FCT) have benefitted from the national home-grown school feeding programme.
The Minister who reiterated her commitment towards ensuring the promotion and protection of the dignity of the vulnerable Nigerians solicited the cooperation and understanding of members of the media and the public to continue serving humanity.
She said: “The NSIP has provided assistance and hope to millions of Nigerians. Let me once again list them as the National Homegrown School Feeding Programme, the job creation unit (N-Power), the National Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) and the Government Enterprise and Employment Programme (GEEP).
“The programmes were all initiated by the Federal Government as part of intervention programmes to cater for the welfare and well-being of vulnerable Nigerians.
“The National Homegrown School Feeding Programme has already captured and fed over 9.9 million pupils across the 36 States of the Federation, including the FCT.
“The Ministry, through the N-Power Programme has supported over 1.5 million unemployed youths across Nigeria. The Ministry has provided and supervised the distribution of relief materials to victims of recent food disaster across the country.
“The Ministry carries out impact assessments on quarterly basis by independent monitors to ensure effective service delivery.
“The National Senior Citizens Centre was established with the mandate to identify the need of senior citizens and cater for them, especially their health and physical well-being.
“The centre has also developed a 10-year strategic plan and commences operationalisation of a National Policy on Ageing, which has also high-level technical support programmes and activities.
She maintained that all 36 states of the federation and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) are currently benefiting from the Home Grown School Feeding programme.
“All states of the federation that have public primary schools do qualify and all States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory are on this programme, irrespective of party affiliation.
“I also add that this is a Federal Government’s programme being implemented by the States. The State Governments select the cooks, they also select the Aggregators because it is our belief that these primary schools belong to the State Governments. So, we give them that opportunity to also participate,” she noted.