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N-SIP targeted at poverty reduction – FG

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N-SIP targeted at poverty reduction – FG

The federal government said the National Social Investment Program (N-SIP) was introduced to reduce hunger among vulnerable Nigerians.

Hajia Sadiya Umar, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, said on Tuesday at a stakeholder meeting in Awka.

Umar was represented at the meeting by Mr Charles Nwanalo, Deputy Director in the Ministry and Team Leader, Southeast Distribution of Computer Tablets and Certificate of Commitment.

She said vulnerable people include young people, the elderly, widows, children, micro-entrepreneurs and the poorest of the poor.

She also said that the implementation of the NSIP involved four unique groups that were strategically designed to involve all stakeholders, especially state government agencies, community leaders, among others.

The minister said the NSIP clusters included N-Power aimed at building capacities, skills and competencies that could create jobs for young people.

She also identified clusters to include conditional cash transfer aimed at reducing the vulnerability of poor households by providing monthly cash transfers of N5,000.

She said the National Local School Feeding Program (NHGSFP) was designed as a multi-faceted intervention to boost school enrollment, improve student nutrition, support local food production, and encourage employment and income generation.

“The NHGSFP specifically aims to provide a nutritious meal to all public elementary school students in grades 1 to 3.
Umar said the ministry is keen to place Nigerians under the aegis of the government’s social protection mechanism, in order to increase the number of students benefiting from the program in accordance with the presidency’s guidelines.

She said that President Muhammadu Buhari understood the social challenges in the country, hence the proactive and decisive measures to combat the effects of absolute poverty and its consequences.

The minister said that adequate security had been provided and that the count of beneficiaries and the extension of the NHGSFP to Anambra would be a huge success.

The program manager in Anambra, Ms Uzoamaka Eriken, said the program was running smoothly in the state.

According to her, Anambra was the second state in Nigeria to benefit from the program since its inception in 2016.

She said the program had worked well as it was moved from the vice president’s office to a ministry solely responsible for the program.

Eriken said 1,069 Anambra public primary schools had been registered for the program, adding that parents were happy with the quality of the food.

Mr Ayo Ayanda, deputy director of inspection and monitoring of the body of the state’s National Youth Service Corps, said the agency had trained members of the body for the work to ensure its success in l ‘State.

Mr. Charles Nwoji of the National Guidance Agency said the agency has asked all its agents across the state to educate people about the program and its benefits.

Nwoji said the agency is on the ground to do its part to ensure the program gets the attention it deserves and that people have full access to it.

State consultant, Mr Bernard Okafor of Net Fix Solution, said their tools were down and ready to help actualize the goal of the state presidency.

Okafor said adequate statistics will be collected to ensure that all areas involved in the program in the state get solid data to help the government increase the number of beneficiaries. (NAN)

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