Hardship: Tinubu, revisit Social Investment Programme

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu had on January 12, 2024, suspended the National Social Investment Programme agency (NSIP). The programme includes children school feeding, Npower, conditional cash transfer, among other social welfare schemes.

The president took the measure following the suspension of the minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and poverty alleviation, Dr. Better Edu. The embattled minister was accused of transferring N580 millions into individual private account against government’s financial regulations.

Recall that the NSIP was launched by the former President Muhammadu Buhari in 2016 to reduce poverty among the poor and vulnerable in Nigeria.

The programme is under the humanitarian ministry with beneficiaries nationwide, majority young and old Nigerians who cut across different strata of society.

Report shows that about 500,000 young Nigerians lost their jobs after the suspension. Therefore, the Npower beneficiary association is pleading for the fatherly intervention of President Tinubu by reviving the NSIP.
Our hope is that he will continue the payment to the beneficiaries of the scheme.
A lawyer Barrister Audu Bulama Bukarti, in a report published recently reports said some Npower beneficiaries sent a message seeking for the fatherly intervention of President Tinubu. He added that the Npower beneficiaries are still waiting for their 12 months stipend.

The analyst called on the federal government to look into the matter with utmost urgency and pay the beneficiaries. He said in its efforts to alleviate poverty and create jobs, it’s necessary to lift the suspension in NSIP.

John Usman,
Department of Mass Communication, Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic Bauchi [email protected].