Nigeria’s Vice-President has disclosed the criteria for selection in the social investment programmes across the country.
According to him, ‘‘Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari ensured that the selection process to the various schemes of the National Social Investment Programmes was fair and transparent, leading to a situation where beneficiaries did not need any kind of connection to benefit from the programmes.”
Nigeria’s Vice President spoke at a town hall meeting with some beneficiaries of the National Social Investment Programme (N-SIP) in Yola, Adamawa State, North-Eastern Nigeria, to assess the progress made so far in the implementation of the programme in the state.
Having listened to the various presentations and sessions of testimonials by some beneficiaries of the various segments of the Social Investment Programmes (SIP), the Vice President added that, “President Buhari made it clear that the SIP would be a major programme of the administration because he was concerned about poverty and unemployment.”
He noted that the programme was designed to benefit all Nigerians, irrespective of their background.
Prof. Osinbajo assured the beneficiaries that Federal Government will soon scale up the implementation of the SIPs across the country.
He said more N-Power beneficiaries were being added and more micro-credit loans would be made available for beneficiaries, while the Home-Grown School Feeding Programme would be kicking off in the state very soon as cooks have already been selected.
Below are some of the testimonials from the Town Hall meeting:
Belo Luka Yusuf – N-Power beneficiary in Yola:
“On behalf of Adamawa State N-Power, we want to appreciate the leadership of the Federal Government for the initiation of the N-Power programme.
“The process of selection is free, fair and transparent. Somebody from a village will apply and get it directly without anybody’s recommendation and it is on record.
“We are also praying that this programme should continue in our country. Some of us have become responsible citizens; we have families depending on us from the stipend we get through the programme.
”I want to make a plea that the Federal Government initiates a process that will make this programme permanent.”
Innocent Bala – N-Build Beneficiary:
“We wish to welcome the Vice President, the Jagaban, Adamawa State, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo. We wish to also use this medium to express our profound gratitude for the three months training of artisans in seven training centres in Adamawa State under the N-Build Programme. It was a great success as we have completed the three months.
“We want to also solicit, on behalf of our colleagues and other youths out there who did not benefit from this segment, that Adamawa State should be considered for N-Build again. With what we have acquired, we believe that we can take up the challenges confronting the economic development of our dear country.
“I wish to express gratitude to the Federal Government, under the leadership of His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, ably represented here today by His Excellency, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Jagaban Adamawa, for the opportunity given to us to develop our intellectual, as well as our moral capacity towards attaining independence as far as employment is concerned. We have received the essential capacity to face the challenges of unemployment in Nigeria.
“I want to use this medium to assure you and Mr. President that we won’t disappoint this present administration and we appreciate your efforts towards improving the lives of youths, it will come to reality in Nigeria.
“Secondly sir, I want you to know that, of course, this programme was meant for non-graduates; but many engineering graduates joined this programme to be able to get more practical knowledge and skills.
“I want to state here that 75 percent of the knowledge I acquired in automobile as a mechanical engineering graduate is from N-Power programme.”
Lydia Moses, HGSFP Cook in Yola:
’’My name is Lydia Moses. I am speaking on behalf of the previously unemployed women in the state, who are now beneficiaries of the Home-Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP), which became possible by the efforts of the Buhari administration.
“We are saying a big thank you to you, Your Excellency. Prior to the commencement of the programme, our children were unstable in school, but now they are encouraged by the school feeding programme and we are grateful for this initiative.
“There are other areas that we, as cooks, and the children are benefiting from the programme.’’
Glory Franklin – GEEP-Micro-credit beneficiary in Demsa LGA:
“I am here today to thank you for the support this government has given us, following our appeal for support to improve our small businesses.
“Before now, we have not been able to successfully do any business, especially for those of us in Adamawa- men or women. You cannot get a loan of N1,000 from anyone, not to talk of N5,000. But within a short time of your coming, your government remembered us.
“You deliberated and thought that your government should assist the poor, empower traders to develop their businesses so that we can rise to support our children, our families and their entire community.
“It was in this light that your government gave us loans varying from N10,000 to N50,000, and we have enjoyed this support because through it we have catered for our children’s education and the businesses we invested in are still thriving.
“Our appeal is that this support should be increased so that we can further grow our businesses and improve the support for our families; because if you empower a woman, you are indeed empowering the entire society.”
Amaka E. Nliam