The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has signed a one-year partnership with an International Non-Governmental Organization, Save the Children International, to monitor the federal government’s National Social Investment Programmes NSIP in the states as a third party.
At the occasion in Abuja, the Minister, Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouq said monitoring of NSIP and other activities of the Ministry would increase the citizens’ trust in the government and hasten the effectiveness of the NSIP to achieve Mr President’s directive of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2030.
“This is the Primary reason why the Ministry deliberately launched a strategy on M&E at many levels. At the local level, the Ministry engaged the services of 7,500 Independent Monitors (IMs) spread across the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory. These 7500 Independent Monitors are currently on the field monitoring the implementation of the NSIP.
She said “Through this partnership, Save the Children International will engage the services of eighteen (18) other Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to provide third party monitoring of NSIPs. These CSOs will provide independent reports on NSIPs in the states they deliver their support. Furthermore, they will provide additional capacity building to the Independent Monitors as well as carry out spot checks in locations of the NSIP Implementation
In his remarks, the Country Director who was represented by the Director of Program Mr. Faton Krasniqi expressed appreciation for the role and achievements of the Ministry in advancing the well-being and development of Nigerians.
Save the Children International will finance hand-picked Independent Monitors and finance their training through the Civil Society Organizations to enhance delivery.
Reporting by Hadiza Abdulrahman, editing by Daniel Adejo