The Osun state governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, Wednesday, inaugurated independent monitors of National Social Investment Programmes (NSIP) and letters of engagement and devices were distributed to the independent monitors to aid their work.
Speaking at the Staff Development Centre, Government Secretariat, Abere, Osogbo, Oyetola said his administration had earned several accolades for its exceptional and outstanding performance on social intervention programme’s implementation.
He stated that the state had shown consistency in the implementation of a wide array of social protection programmes which according to him, have continued to impact significantly on the lives of the citizens.
Represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji, Oyetola noted that the administration’s relentless efforts in the last two and half years had earned it the pride of place as a leading state on the Human Development Index.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiyah Umar Farouq, who was represented by the director, Finance and Administration in the ministry, Mr. Matthew Dada, said the flag-off of the training of 5000 independent monitors was aimed at complementing the quick actualisation of the NSIP created by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2016.
The training, which according to her, was carried out across the country, was initiated to ensure that each of the trained independent monitors keep a check on a designated number of beneficiaries of the NSIP in their respective designated local government areas.
She said the initiative would further help to strengthen the existing partnership and mutual recognition of the need to do more on the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP).
She said the initiative would go a long way to foster and bring more Nigerians under the umbrella of the government’s social protection mechanism as part of efforts to look at scaling up the numbers of the pupils benefiting from the programme as directed by the president as over 9 million pupils currently benefit from 1 free nutritious meal a day during the school term nationwide.