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Massive Enrolement in NSIP, Vindicates Sadiya Umar-Farouk’s Robust Management

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Massive Enrolement in NSIP, Vindicates Sadiya Umar-Farouk’s Robust Management

Abubakar Yusuf

Since the transfer of the National Social Investment Program (N-SIP) from the Vice President’s office to the Ministry of Humanitatian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Developement with Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouk, as minister, a lot of positive developments have become the hallmark of the new Ministry.

N-POWER which is one of the components of the National Social investment Program (NSIP) has grown in leaps and bounds.
Despite the disparaging remarks on the activities and person of the minister, it has not dampen the growing acceptance of the program across the country.

Because of the massive acceptance of the program by critical stakeholders, the program has been undergoing a wholistic overhaul by the operators as well as beneficiaries.

The fear of losing a steady income that had exit them from the labour market has seen to the yearning of the beneficiaries for redesigning of the program.

The recent visit to the National Asembly leadership by thousands of beneficiaries, when they pleaded with government to extend the duration beyond the 24 months, was to ensure they are not thrown back into the labour market.

This singular action of the beneficiaries across the country is a testament of expression of satisfaction, with the way and manner the handlers are going about the N-POWER program, by and large the N-SIP.

With the seamless process of transferring the program from the Vice President’s office to the new ministry came the regular payments of beneficiaries thereby avoiding policy somersaults.

The supervising Ministry under the Minister of Humanitatian affairs has not left any stone unturned in achieving acceptable and workable template.

The agitation for retention and enhancement of the program being pursued by the beneficiaries is an indication of the viability of the program and the sincerity of purpose of the current handlers to the excitement of the participants.

The hue and cry from the beneficiaries of the program particularly the N-Power participants in the past has given way for the new agitation which has relieved them of the fear of losing their new means of livelihood, that would have become another awkward chapter of their lives.

The confidence reposed in the program and its operators by beneficiaries  has further influenced decisions to the advantage of the current participants recruited in 2016 and 2018 till date.

The anxiety of being thrown back to the labour market had been the driving force behind their agitation with a strong resistance against returning to their poverty ridden status, before the laudable government decision came on board.

This also coincides with the decision of government under the Ministry powered by Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouk to introduce a transition program for the exiting participants and current beneficiaries of the program, so as to give them a sense of belonging, to move them permanently from labour market to gainful employment.

The transition program in line with the best global practices was to give a rising hope to the beneficiaries,rather than allow them roam the streets and wallow in the labour market to the detriment of the policy and image of the country.

Having addressed basic social, economic and by extension security problems bedevilling the country in the last few years with the program, the expectation is that the program will snowball into the National developement rolling plan.

Hence, Farouk-Sadiya’s decision to embark on another round of recruitment attracted massive positive response from the large army of unemployed youths all over the country.
The decision was considered as being timely and germane in view of the biting economic hardship, arising from the pandemic of COVID-19 ravaging the entire world, which has led to the four consecutive weeks of lockdown of the country, and the subsequent gradual easing out of the lockdown in and around the country.

To show the enthusiasm of many unemployed Nigerians, one week after the portal for recruitment of new N-POWER volunteers otherwise known as Batch C  was unveiled, over I Million enrollees were applied for the program.

Abiut two weeks after the portal was opened by the Ministry, 4.4 Million Nigerians have indicated interest to be engage in the exercise, an indication that over 10 Million people may join the Social Investement Program in the next one month.

Already, the clamour for more slots for the Batch C program from 400,000 proposed by the Ministry to 2 Million, is already gaining ground and support of the people to attract/draw Government’s attention.

This alone has given impetus to the efforts of the handlers which is the Ministry of Humanitatian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Developement, to give more opportunities to many Nigerians to address the growing unemployable rate in the country.

With the renewed effort of the Ministry under Sadiya Umar-Farouk’s leadership, other intervention programs like Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT), GEEP and school feeding programs have attracted alot of excitement from many Nigerians.

The knowledge being imparted in the youths and the vulnerable Nigerians with the program will gradually bring to bare the developement of the country in the shortest possible time.

Written From Abuja,  By Abubakar Yusuf

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Humanitarian minister flags off special grant for rural women in Plateau

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Humanitarian minister flags off special grant for rural women in Plateau

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has launched the one off payment of a special Grant  for rural women in Plateau state.

Over one hundred and fifty thousand women will receive a one-off special grant of twenty thousand naira each in all the 774 local government councils across Nigeria.

On her maiden launch of the special funds distribution held at the Banquet hall, Government House, the minister said the grant was a one-off disbursement to rural women to mark the International Day of Rural Women. 

“Since the inception of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration in 2015, the Government has been paying more attention to protecting and promoting the plight of the poor and vulnerable in the country.
This she said informed the decision to initiate the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) as a strategy for enhancing social inclusion.

“The Grant for Rural Women programme was introduced to sustain the social inclusion agenda of the Buhari Administration, including the realization of the national aspiration of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years. It is designed to provide a one-off grant to some of the poorest and most vulnerable women in rural Nigeria. 

“The grant of N20,000.00 will be disbursed to over 150,000 poor rural women across the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory.

“The grant is expected to increase access to financial capital required for economic activities.
“It is our hope that the beneficiaries of this programme will make good use of the opportunity to increase their income, enhance their food security, and generally contribute towards improving their living standard”.

Farouq also thanked the Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen for her contributions in ensuring a smooth take- off of the program in Plateau state.
She also used the opportunity to present assorted grains from the National Food Reserve, approved by President Muhammadu Buhari as palliative for distribution to vulnerable persons affected by the  restriction of movement to curtail the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. 

Food items presented to the state include 71 trailer load of Maize, Sorghum and Millet  to cater to 294,199 households.

Earlier, the Governor of Plateau State Dr Simon Bako Lalong expressed immense gratitude to the minister for her visit to the state. He acknowledged the role of women in the society especially the rural women. 

“This palliative will assist vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and other disasters like conflict and flood.  
“This occasion is unique because it also features the disbursement of cash transfer to 500 rural women to mark the International Day of Rural Women.
“I am also delighted to note that 3005 pregnant and lactating women In Plateau state are currently receiving an additional five thousand naira as top-up of the Conditional Cash Transfer.
“This will go a long way in improving the lives of women and children in Plateau state particularly their health and economic empowerment”.

Governor Simon Bako Lalong in his comments 9noted that 26,004 vulnerable households in Plateau state were already receiving the Cash Transfer of N10,00 bi-monthly while 47,000 others await payment. He said the  state has 231,870 households on the State Social Register with 877,301 individual households. He appealed to the federal government to extend other social and intervention programs to capture those on the waiting list. 

The theme for this year’s International Day of Rural Women is “Building rural women’s resilience in the wake of COVID-19”.

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Apprehension over Buhari’s misgivings on recession

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President Muhammadu Buhari left many Nigerians more confused when he admitted that the country’s economy may slip back into another recession in the third quarter of 2020, even while in the Fourth quarter.
Buhari expressed the misgivings while presenting the N13.1 trillion budget for 2021 with a deficit of N4.8 trillion that will be financed mainly by borrowing.
Many Nigerians were led to believe that the recession afterall may have since started going by his admittance while quoting the previous quarter.
This is more so as the President seem to be re-echoing what
Nigeria’s finance minister Zainab Ahmed had said in August 2020.

Ahmed had warned that unless Nigeria achieves a very strong third quarter 2020 economic performance, the country may slide into recession.
“Nigeria is exposed to spikes in risk aversion in the global capital market, which will put further pressure on the foreign exchange market as foreign portfolio investors exit the Nigerian market,” the minister  had said.
“Nigeria’s Q2 GDP growth is in all likelihood negative and unless we achieve a very strong Q3 2020 economic performance, the Nigerian economy is likely to lapse into a second recession in four years with significant adverse consequences.”
The President also said the projected GDP growth will be  negative in the third quarter of the year while the fourth quarter just started.
As such, the president said the economy may lapse into the second recession in four years, with significant adverse consequences.
However, inspite of the apprehension, Buhari assured Nigerians that his team were working assiduously to ensure rapid recovery in 2021 saying there is no cause for any alarm.
“We remain committed to implementing programmes to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty over the next 10 years,” he added

Buhari said the country’s economy is currently facing challenges with the macroeconomic environment being significantly disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.
“Real Gross Domestic Product (‘GDP’) growth declined by 6.1 per cent in the second quarter of 2020. This ended the 3-year trend of positive, but modest, real GDP growth recorded since the second quarter of 2017,” the president said.

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Despite concerns over whooping N3.12tr for debt servicing, FG gives hope

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Not perturbed by concerns raised by stakeholders over N4trillion borrowing the Federal Government has pledged to meet up with it’s debt obligations with N3.12trillion for its servicing in the 2021 budget proposal.
President Muhammadu Buhari gave the indication Thursday when he presented the 2021 budget proposal of N13.08trillion to the National Assembly in Abuja.

According to him, the amount represents an increase of N445.57 billion from N2.68 trillion in 2020.
“We remain committed to meeting our debt service obligations.

“Hence, we have provisioned N3.12 trillion for this in 2021, representing an increase of N445.57 billion from N2.68 trillion in 2020.
“A total of N2.183 trillion has been set aside to service domestic debts while N940.89 billion has been provided for foreign debt service.

“N220 billion is provided for transfers to the Sinking Fund to pay off maturing bonds issued to local contractors and creditors.’

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