N-SIP says over 20 million Nigerians have been taken out of poverty

N-SIP says over 20 million Nigerians have been taken out of poverty
March 02 10:43 2019 Print This Article

The office of the National Social Investment Programmes (N-SIP) headed by Mrs Mariam Uwais has stated in a document made available to www.theajasanews.com that over 20 million Nigerians have been taken out of poverty through their various programms.

According to the report released December 2018,titled: “Investing in our people” it showed how 500,000 graduates and 100,000 non graduates have benefited from the job creation of the youth employment scheme (N-POWER).

The document also showed how the National  Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) has tremendously increased the number of enrollment in public schools,thereby affecting lives of 12 million Nigeria children.

The Report also showed how the National Cash Transfer Programme (NCPT) have affected over 1 million poorest of the poor household through the conditional cash transfer 0f 5,000 naria.

It also captured the micro, small and medium enterprises who have through the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Program, (GEEP), 2.5 MILLION Nigerians especially traders have benefited from.

Speaking more on the success rate of their office, Uwais noted that the scheme is targeted at the poor who constitutes over 80 percent of the country.

“Am happy that the scheme is affecting the poor who are majority in Nigeria.If you look at the voting pattern in the presidential elections,you will see that poor people voted massively for President Buhari.We shall contiue to touch the lives of vulnerable Nigerians”.

According to her there are no fewer than 80 million poor Nigerians and the office wants to get the poorest persons data using appropriate means.

She observed that credible targeting was a major concern the National Cash Transfer Program is facing, prompting the National Social Investment Office (NSIO) to develop a Social Register in all the states that met the criteria provided in the agreement signed with it.

In the National Home Grown School Feeding Program (NHGSFP), Uwais stated that the programme has generated a lot of employment opportunities.

“We have also hired and empowered 72,510 cooks in the 53,541 schools being serviced.

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