The Federal government has trained community mobilisation officers (COMO’s) of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) on digitisation and registration, towards effective implementation of phase two of the government Enterprise Employment programme GEEP two point zero in Kogi state.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq disclosed this during the Advanced Training on GEEP two points zero Digitization and Registration for the community Orientation and mobilisation officers in Lokoja.
The Minister who was represented by principal community development officer in the ministry, Comrade Amana Ogwu said that the aim of the training was to introduce digitisation with modern software and working tools to the participants.
She emphasized that the GEEP two points zero was specifically designed to give access to credit for poor and vulnerable people including person’s living with disabilities in society.
According to her, the Ministry had successfully shortlisted GEEP beneficiaries in the first phase of the programme across the seven hundred and seventy-four local government areas Nationwide and is currently in the process of cash disbursement.
Hajiya Umar enjoined participants to ensure a better and improved implementation process, stressing that its success depends on the quality and quantity of data they generated.
Earlier, the state focal person of the National Social Investment Programme, Abdulkareem Onyekehi said the stages of GEEP implementation included registration, followed by digitisation, verification, and enumeration before loans are disbursed to the beneficiaries.
Mr Onyekehi who doubles as the Special Adviser to the Governor on special projects, also warned the officials against extorting the beneficiaries, adding that no infraction would be tolerated.
On his part, the state Director of the National Orientation Agency, Kogi State, Mr Mohammed Abdullahi, urged the participants to take the job seriously and provide credible data as they had been provided with all the necessary tools saying no excuse would be tolerated.
Similarly, the onboarding exercise for stream two independent monitors of the national social investment programme was flagged off in Lokoja by the representative of the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and social development, Mrs Bilkusu Danda in Lokoja.
According to her, Independent monitors are responsible for monitoring the programme in their community in schools, households and market clusters with the focus of ensuring that the primary objectives of the NSIPS are achieved.
She said National Social Investment Programme was created by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2016 with the mandate of lifting citizens out of poverty through a number of social interventions which include job creation programme, National Home Grown School Feeding programme, Conditional Cash Transfer and the Government Enterprise and Empowerment programme (GEEP).
Reporting by Samuel Ekele, editing by Daniel Adejo