Senate President Ahmed Lawan has listed the real poor Nigerians who should be benefiting from the Federal Government’s Social Investment Programmes (SIP).
SIP was launched by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2016 to alleviate the suffering of the poor Nigerians and the unemployed youths in the country.
The programme has gulped several billions of naira since inception, beneficiaries include N-Power volunteers, old people, school children etc.
But speaking to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, leadership of the National Assembly led by the Senate President Ahmed Lawan and the Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila noted that the real vulnerable and poor people in Nigeria are not benefiting from the SIP programme.
According to the Senate President, the real people in Nigeria who should be benefiting from SIP are:
- Those who have no access to power
- They have no access to the Internet
- They have no bank account,
- They have no BVN
- Most of them don’t have phones
Lawan said, “and these are the poorest of the poor. Yet, some of the conditions or guidelines which you set inadvertently leave them out.”
The Senate President also said that FG should restructure the programme so as to capture the real poorest and vulnerable Nigerians.
He said, “We feel that we need to work together with you to ensure that there is effectiveness and efficiency so that those who are supposed to benefit, benefit directly. When, for example, some conditions are set, that those who will benefit will have to go online, through the internet or must have Bank Verification Number and the rest of it.
Others who spoke include Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, the Deputy Speaker, Idris Wase, and some other principal officers from both chambers.
Gbajabiamila likened SIP to the Unemployment Insurance Act in the United Kingdom and the Social Security Act in the United States.
The minister promised to work on the recommendations of the National Assembly leadership.