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FG social investment scheme records 7.9m beneficiaries

A total of 7.9 million persons have benefited directly from the federal government social investment programs in two years of its existence

The program which is in its second year of existence, has beneficiaries spread across 36 states of the Federation and Federal Capital Territory

Special Adviser to the President on Social Investment, Maryam Uwais disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Abuja on Sunday

So far under the Npower, the Social Investment program provide 500,000 jobs for unemployed graduates and/or non-graduates with 200,000 graduate beneficiaries, currently enrolled and working in various institutions around the country.
The selection process for the next batch of 300,000 beneficiaries has been completed and those selected will be engaged in the next few months. 20,000 more beneficiaries in the non-graduate category are set to commence training in 34 States around the country.

The scheme also has eight Technology Hubs which are supported by development partners and the academic community
The Humanitarian Hub in Adamawa State, supported by the Infrastructure Concession and Regulatory Commission ( ICRC), the Presidential Commission on North East Initiative (PCNI ), and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), has already selected successful applications and is preparing for the first batch of pitches this Saturday, while the Lagos Climate Change Hub, supported by the World Bank and the Lagos Business School (LBS ), will throw open it’s challenges in March 2018

Uwajs disclosed that six others are situated in the six geo-political zones of this country and are at various stages of development.

Government is also targeting 1.66 million small and medium sized enterprises with established cooperatives under the Government Enterprises and Empowerment Programme (GEEP); our Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme goal to benefit from loans, under the social investment program.

So far, 259,541 beneficiaries of 4,784 cooperatives have been paid in the 36 States and FCT, under the GEEP, while the next batch of 148,611 loans has been approved for disbursement.

Others Include that National Cash Transfer Programme (NCTP). which targets to support 1 million of the poorest households with cash transfers, as well as the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHG SEP). targeting to provide a meal a day to a minimum of 5.5 million school children in primary 1-3

The National Social Investment program which is under the control of the office of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said it has a challenge of “credible targeting” and has therefore commenced “developing a Social Register in all the States that have met the criteria provided in the MoU signed with our Office”

The program is also developing a national social register in 23 states that have so far met its requirements, with 497 that have been uploaded to the social register.
“That is where we line our cash transfer beneficiaries from. So we are just trying to ensure we target and pay only those that are really poor. That is why we set up this intricate process”

“We are working with ActionAid which is known for reduction of poverty. We asked them to select independent monitors of the year from all the states so that they will monitor what we are doing because we aim at improving as we go along. We are working with the states.”

“But we will need to know if we are improving or not. ActionAid had done the selection about a year ago. Each NGO that has been selected has the track record, it also has affiliates of two community base per senatorial district.”

“So far, we have 455,857 poor and vulnerable households uploaded onto the National Social Register, from which 297,973 households have been mined and are being paid stipends in 20 States.

The states include Jigawa Bauchi, Kogi, osun, cross Rivers, Anambra, Katsina, Kano, Taraba, Gombe, Adamawa, Niger, Nassarawa, Benue, oyo, Ekiti, Kwara, Borno (IDP), Kaduna, Plateau.

“We have trained 2,495 community facilitator whose responsibility it is to engage the caregivers in the households being paid, facilitate the forming of cooperatives, basic financial training, skills and support. We also have collated data on the and demographics on each community we engage coordinates relating to education, health, access, payment and connectivity”

A total of 7,054,687 children in primary 1-3 are currently being fed daily in 20 states with two states (Katsina and Gombe) to begin this month. We have also hired and empowered 72,510 cooks in the 5 schools being serviced.

The program is currently running in states such as Anambra, Enugu, oyo, osun, ogun, Ebonyi, zam fara, Delta, Abia, Benue, Plateau, Bauchi, Taraba, Kaduna, Akwa-lbom, Cross River, Imo, Jigawa, Niger, Kano.

“What we have achieved thus far is a result of the dedication of an extraordinary indefatigable and focused team of staff and the strong support of our top leadership, in the persons of the President and Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
” We have created a level-playing field for all our beneficiaries and, with a selection process that is objective, transparent and efficient. The four social investment programmes are headed by unique individuals with the capacity, leadership qualities, attributes and competencies to execute and deliver upon their programme objectives. They are present with us today, to answer any questions that you may wish to ask”

 

Tony Ailemen, Abuja

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