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FG trains 58 independent monitors in Bayelsa for NSIP

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[FILES] Sadiya Umar Farouq. Photo: TWITTER/sadiyafarouq


The Federal Government has trained no fewer than 58 independent monitors in the eight councils of Bayelsa State for the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP).

Resource persons from the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development conducted the training for the beneficiaries at the weekend.

Addressing the independent monitors after the training in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, the minister, Sadiya Umar Farouq, urged the beneficiaries to be diligent and transparent in the discharge of their duties.

Farouq, who was represented by the Special Adviser, Administration, Ngene Bash Kingsley, said Bayelsa had four clusters through which data collated from the state could be reported.

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She said the scheme, which was created in 2016 by President Muhammadu Buhari, aimed at lifting many Nigerians from poverty. She said over 5,000 monitors had been trained in the country, noting that their duty was to detect areas where there are challenges and provide solutions on the activities of beneficiaries of the programme.

“The independent monitors are to monitor designated members of the programme and will be paid a stipend of N30, 000 monthly. The programme, which will run for one year, beginning from May 2021 to June 2022, is part of President Buhari’s scheme to lift people from poverty.

“We urge the monitors not to assign their responsibility to third parties. They are expected to detect the challenges those in field are having and proffer solutions to them.

“Over 5,000 independent monitors, including those in Bayelsa, have been trained to help the government drive the NSIP. Therefore, we demand that the monitors carry out their responsibility with diligence and transparency,” she stated. A highpoint of the event was the presentation of gadgets and employment letters to the successful trainees.

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