The beneficiaries of the N-Power batch C programme will henceforth receive their monthly stipend from the independent monitors appointed by the Federal Government. Unlike batch A and B of the youth investment programme, where beneficiaries received N30,000 monthly stipends in their bank accounts from the FG, the new batch C will not enjoy that benefit.
More details of the youth empowerment of the APC-led government can be found at https://infomediang.com/youth-segment
The Minister of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq stated this during the inauguration of N-Power monitors in Rivers State, where engagement letters and devices were given to the independent monitors to implement their new roles.
In February, Ms. Farouq said that 5000 monitors from 36 states were trained by her ministry to monitor the SIP and report directly to Abuja.
They were some of the officials recently trained to monitor the Social Investment Schemes of the Federal Government across Nigeria.
“No independent monitor is allowed to reassign their duties to a third party. Every monitor will be held accountable for the task given to them.
“The ministry reserves the right to withdraw and disengage any monitor for inactivity or double standard or practices. The duration of the assignment is a year”.
Why devices were given to the monitors
Speaking on why devices were given to the N-Power monitors, Ngene Bashir who represented the minister said the devices would enable the ministry to supervise the activities of the monitors and detect areas of challenge.
The devices are equipped with applications that will monitor the activities of the independent monitors, saying all the devices are locally made in Nigeria.
The application is called the social investment management system, a mobile and web-based application used to monitor national investment projects.
The app will send a real-time report from the monitor on the field directly to the control centre in Abuja.
The minister said:
“It will help to contribute to Mr. President’s mandate Of lifting 100million Nigerians out of poverty. Each independent monitor is expected to monitor a designated number of beneficiaries of the national social investment programme”.
The payment challenges ahead
According to her, a monthly stipend of N30,000 would be paid to each monitor, adding that there must be an 80 percent delivery for eligibility to receive payment.
The fate of beneficiaries will now lie in their hands and in the hands of the independent monitor.
The implication of this is that we might see beneficiaries bribing monitors in their state so as to get the pass for payment.