Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouk, has described critics of the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) as enemies of the beneficiaries.
Reacting to the misgivings by some Nigerians about NSIP and what the ministry was doing to alter the narrative, she stated that over 100,000 graduates had handed by the N-power programme for twenty-four months with an N30,000 monthly stipend.
Talking on the unveiling of the N-power Batch C in Abuja yesterday, the minister stated the beneficiaries had become entrepreneurs of their communities where they had been including worth to the economy.
“The beneficiaries were trained in different fields, and the graduates engaged in the teaching of pupils are given N30,000 monthly. So I cannot understand the misgivings when the programme has significantly impacted different people’ lives; the likes of those beneficiaries. Now we have over 100,000 of them who’ve now become entrepreneurs contributing to the development of this nation.
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“That is just for N-Power. Don’t forget in regards to the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP) that supports business house owners. Don’t additionally neglect in regards to the impact of the national home-grown school feeding programme, which the main objective is to extend college enrolment of kids,” she stated.
A focal person on NSIP within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Chinwendu Amba, said the minister had tried as a lot as possible to pay attention to the programme by carrying it out in a manner that the downtrodden benefited immensely from. She stated Nigerians knew about the programme through sensitisation programmes and advocacies.
“Possibly within the cities, there are still some of the doubting Thomases. Nevertheless, we’re still working on the social media and many committees we’ve got set up to sensitise people,” he added.