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The Honourable Minister of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has handed over 172 engagement letters and tablets to trained Independent Monitors in Sokoto State.



Represented by the Permanent Secretary Bashir Nura Alkali, she said , “the Ministry flagged off the training of 5000 independent monitors for the National Social Investment Programme in Abuja on Thursday 4th February, 2021. The training was carried out across the country, including Sokoto state from February to April 2021.”


She added that she was in Sokoto to flag off the the distribution of engagement letters and electronic devices for the trained Independent Monitors in Sokoto State to enable them commence work.


“These devices are equipped with an application that will be used to report the monitoring activities of the trained independent rmonitors. All devices distributed for the monitoring of this programme are locally made in Nigeria and the monitoring application designed by an indigenous company “.


The Minister charged the Independent Monitors not to reassign their responsibilities to a third party and to carry out the the assignment with utmost sense of patriotism, diligence and sincerity.


Each Independent Monitor is expected to monitor a designated number of beneficiaries of the National Social Investment Programme for a period of one year starting from June 2021 to May 2022.


The Executive Governor of Sokoto State Rt. Honourable Aminu Tambuwal represented by Hajia Kulu Abdullahi Sifawa in his welcome address, said the State has benefitted immensely from the Conditional Cash Transfer and the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme. He solicited for more interventions for the State, especially in the remote areas that are not motorable due to the land mass of the State.


The State Director of the National Orientation Agency, Abubakar D.Mode called on the citizens of Nigeria to support the Federal Government to achieve the objective of the programme.


He added that the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs,Disaster Management and Social Development have Programmes is focused on bettering the lives of Nigerians.


He expressed his gratitude to the Ministry and applauded the Sokoto State Social Investment Programmme Operation and Coordinating unit, for the good working relationship and success of the the implementation in the State.


The Focal Person of the Social Investment Programme in Sokoto State Hayatu Tafida implored the independent Monitors to listen attentively to the instructors and follow the guidelines to the benefit of the State.


He described the National Social Investment Programme as the most impactful programmme on the masses of the country.


A beneficiary Yussuf Ibrahim Bassa from Sokoto North expressed gratitude to the Federal Government for providing the training and devices to monitor the programmes of the NSIP in the State.


Halima Oyelade
SA, Strategic Communications

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