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March 13, 2024

NSIP: Reps ask FG to suspend new board

NSIP: Reps ask FG to suspend new board

… ask FG to expedite investigation of suspended Minister of Humanitarian Affairs

By Gift ChapiOdekina, Abuja

The House of Representatives have urged the Federal government to place on hold the alleged idea of a new steering committee board under the supervision of the Ministry of Finance to oversee the social investment programmes.

The idea according to the House contravenes the extant law which positions the implementing agency and programmes under the purview of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.

This followed the adoption of an motion urgent motion of national importance moved titled “need to resume the implementation of the national social investment programme in order to alleviate the current increasing hardship faced by nigerians sponsored by Hon Billy Osawaru during plenary in Abuja.

Moving the motion, Osawaru explained that the enabling Act of National Social Investment Programme Agency was enacted in 2023 to address the issue of poverty and hunger across the country as well as to ensure a more equitable distribution of resources to vulnerable populations including children, youth and women.

He also noted  that since January this year, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development was suspended and placed under investigation while the Chief Executive Officer and National Coordinator of National Social Investment Programme Agency was sacked and new Chief Executive Officer and National Coordinator replaced.

He said as a result, the implementation of all forms of government intervention such as N- Power Programme, Conditional Cash Transfer Programme, Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme and Home Grown School Feeding Programme that are expected to ameliorate the suffering of people, were placed on hold, pending thorough review of the programme and investigation of the alleged misconduct in the management of the programme.

He expressed concerns that halting the implementation of the programme particularly during this period of increasing hardship has the implication of heightening the challenges of the vulnerable population relying on its assistance and could lead to rise in poverty levels, social unrest and ultimately impacting negatively on the overall stability and development of the country.

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He said that the recent cases of looting of warehouses and food trucks in many cities across the country as a result of increasing hunger and sufferings, which signals the need for immediately action to ameliorate the sufferings of Nigerians such as the resumption of all form of Social Investment Programme.

” Relieved that the interim report of the 6-man probe panel appointed by Mr. President to investigate the allegations surrounding the embattled Minister has recommended the resumption of the program.

” Worried that an alleged recommendation suggesting that a new steering committee board under the leadership of the Minister of Finance should henceforth oversee the social investment programmes is not only an anomaly but contravenes the extant law which situates the implementing agency and programmes under the purview of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.

He observed that while there may be legislative actions to amend the National Social Investment Programme Agency Act 2023, up until the Act is completely amended, and enacted, the current status quo cannot be reviewed by mere executive action.

The House therefore resolved to urge the Federal Government to expedite the completion of the investigation of the suspended Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation and to instigate further actions in the meantime, direct a serving Minister of State to oversee relevant approvals and implementation of the National Social Investment Programme so as to minimize the adverse implication of increasing hunger and sufferings experienced by vulnerable Nigerians relying on the programme.

Vanguard Newspaper