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Minister tags NSIP critics enemies of beneficiaries

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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 change the narrative, she said that over 100,000 graduates had passed through the N-Power programme for 24 months with N30,000 monthly stipend.

Speaking at the unveiling of the N-Power Batch C in Abuja yesterday, the minister said the beneficiaries had become entrepreneurs in their communities where they were adding value to the economy.

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“The beneficiaries were trained in different fields, and the graduates engaged in teaching of pupils are given N30,000 monthly. So I cannot understand the misgivings when the programme has greatly impacted other people’s lives; the likes of these beneficiaries. We have over 100,000 of them who have now become entrepreneurs contributing to the development of this country.

“This is just for N-Power. Don’t forget about the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP) that supports business owners. Don’t also forget about the impact of the national homegrown school feeding programme, which main objective is to increase school enrolment of children,” she said.

Focal person on NSIP in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Chinwendu Amba, said the minister had tried as much as possible to pay attention to the programme by carrying it out in a manner that the downtrodden benefited immensely from. She said Nigerians knew about the programme through sensitisation programmes and advocacies.

“Maybe in the cities, there are still some of the doubting Thomases. However, we are still working on the social media and many committees we have set up to sensitise people,” he added.

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