The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has signed a one-year partnership with Save the Children International, to monitor federal government’s National Social Investment Programmes in the states as a third party.
Special Adviser on Media to the minister Nneka Ikem Anibeze in a statement said the Memorandum of Understanding was signed on Tuesday November 1, 2022 in Abuja.
At the ceremony, the statement quoted the Minister, Sadiya Umar Farouq to have inducated that monitoring of NSIP and other activities of the Ministry will increase citizens’ trust in government.
She added that monitoring will hasten the effectiveness of the NSIP to achieve Mr President’s directive of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2030.
“The need to closely Monitor and Evaluate (M&E) these investments is an important component of the NSIP and its role in program implementation cannot be underrated. “This is the Primary reason why the Ministry deliberately launched a strategy on M&E at many levels. At the local level, the Ministry engaged the services of 7,500 Independent Monitors (IMs) spread across the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory.
“These 7500 Independent Monitors are currently on the field monitoring the implementation of the NSIP. Every month, over 250,000 unique programme reports are submitted by the Independent Monitors.
“To further foster accountability, transparency and effectiveness, through this M&E strategy, I directed the engagement of Civil Society Organizations as an additional layer of close monitoring.
“Through this partnership, Save the Children International will engage the services of eighteen (18) other Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to provide third party monitoring of NSIPs.
“These CSOs will provide independent reports on NSIPs in the states they deliver their support. Furthermore, they will provide additional capacity building to the Independent Monitors as well as carry out spot checks in locations of the NSIP Implementation. “I am therefore delighted to officially endorse this partnership document to enable the onboarding of Third-Party Civil Society Organizations as an additional layer of monitoring for the National Social Investment Programme”.
The Minister appealed to the Civil Society Organizations being engaged and other relevant stakeholders involved in the monitoring of NSIP to take the assignment patriotically as part of their contribution to Nation Building.
In his remarks, the Country Director who was represented by the Director of Program Mr. Faton Krasniqi expressed appreciation for the role and achievements of the Ministry in advancing the well being and development of Nigerians.
“Global best practices in implementing Social Interventions describe a process for mainstreaming Social Accountability through a step by step process that builds on communications and awareness activities, empowering beneficiaries.
“It is believed that this will encourage transparency and accountability behavior from service providers, as well as be a mechanism through which beneficiaries and their communities can gain confidence in their ability to effect positive change. An effective Social Accountability mechanism will help in improving service levels to the Citizens, thereby ensuring that government gets a better return on investment “.
Save Our Children International will finance hand-picked Independent Monitors and finance their training through the Civil Society Organizations to enhance delivery. They will also embark on validation visits to ensure quality assurance of CSOs and Independent Monitors and joint Monitoring and Evaluation visits with staff of the Ministry periodically.
Osita Chidoka describes Tinubu’s Certificate Saga as ‘National misadventure’
The Nigerian security agencies have come under serious bashing for being unable to track the genuineness of President Bola Tinubu’s certificate over time.
Former Aviation Minister, Osita Chidoka, came so hard on them on Sunday following the order by Justice Nancy Maldonado for the Chicago State University to release all of Tinubu’s academic records to Atiku.
According to him, it is a national embarrassment to take the matter of such gravity for proof in the United States even when Tinubu had been given a clean slate by Nigeria’s intelligence agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission to run for president.
The former aviation minister made his opinion known in a statement on Sunday.
According to him, “That it took the courageous activism of Abubakar Atiku to force the discovery of information concerning the President of Nigeria is a disgrace to our national institutions.
“As a nation, we have a full retinue of staff at the Department of the State Security, the National Intelligence Agency, the Independent National Electoral Commission, the Embassy of Nigeria with the full complement of staff in Washington DC and the Nigerian Judiciary that have variously ruled on matters concerning President Tinubu’s academic qualifications.
“Yet, we cannot have a definitive conclusion about whether he has the academic qualifications he claimed he had or not. Disgraceful.
“That all the aforementioned institutions allowed a man to be sworn in without definitive statements about his qualifications is a national tragedy.
“For 23 years, the issue of President Tinubu has been a recurring decimal in our national equation. Under his reign, a current youth corps member is serving as Minister, and people under investigation by EFCC and made public are sitting in the Federal Executive Council. And they all passed through security screening.”
He described the office of President of Nigeria as “important both in its moral authority and its strategic importance to our national security and safety that nobody who has possible blind spots that can make him or her a potential asset for foreign intelligence or governments should be allowed a mile near that office.”
According to him, “This should be a primary burden on all our national institutions. Legal technicalities and silence by state institutions should be deemed high treason.”
He made a case for a constitutional amendment to finish all electoral cases before the assumption of office, adding that, “The current disgraceful proceedings against a Nigerian President in a foreign court under election petition matters are damaging to our collective moral and legal standing as a people.
“If it turns out tomorrow that our President presented a forged certificate to INEC, Nigerians will bow down their heads globally in shame. On the other hand, if it turns out that his certificate is genuine, again our reputation as a people is still in tatters because of the failure of national institutions to perform due diligence no matter who is involved.”
He stated that the image of Tinubu would be tarnished if it was found that he forged his certificate. Quoting him, “A forged certificate finding leaves President Tinubu in a vulnerable position morally and legally. As he did not present primary and secondary certificates to INEC, a forged CSU certificate makes him unqualified to stand for the office of President as he does not possess the minimum qualification S.131(D) of the 1999 Constitution as amended. Of course, the next issue is the case of perjury, the presentation of false documents under oath.”
Chidoka berated INEC, adding, “How INEC accepted a university degree without the qualifying certificates would continue to be a national mystery.
“The decision of the District Court and the whole proceedings is not a moment of triumphalism but a sober moment of introspection. It is a moment when as a nation we ask ourselves: what are our national values? Who or which institution should have ordered the full investigation of the questionable certificate?
“Considering that he did not present a primary or secondary certificate, should our courts be concerned with the technicality of the tendering process of the CSU certificate or the disgrace and global moral damage a forged certificate would wrought on Nigeria?”
My husband is not a magician, Tinubu’s wife tells Nigerians
***Says, he is fixing the mess of many past administrations
The first Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Senator Oluremi Tinubu has asked Nigerians to give her Husband President Bola Tinubu the benefit of doubt to fix Nigeria as he is not a magician.
She spoke on Sunday at the inter-denominational service as part of the celebration to mark the Nigeria’s 63rd Independence anniversaryheld at the National Christain Center, Abuja.
Tinubu has just returned from a two-week-long trip to attend the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York where in his first address at the Assembly, he championed the need for Africa to surmount foreign exploitation to attain prosperity through democratic ideals.
Continuing Mrs Tinubu said the President’s recent trip was full of success stories as the world awaits Nigeria with teeming investors trooping into the country.
“We came back with good news and all we inherited are things that happened many years ago. We are not here to apportion blame on any administration but to fix what is already damaged
“My husband is not a magican, he is going to work bit by bit and I believe and hope that you will have faith in this administration. The best is yet to come
Southeast Insecurity: Obi challenges leaders of the region to think out of the box
*** ‘No Economic activity can flourish with insecurity’
The Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party, in the February 25th, 2033 general election Peter Obi has challenged the people and leaders of the South East region to look out for a possible permanent solution
The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Obiora Ifoh, in a statement quoted Obi to have indicated that security is key to any economic activities said all hands must on deck to stem the rising insecurity in the area.
In a message he sent to the South East Summit on Economy and Security in Owerri, Imo state capital, the former anambra governor noted that the Summit is coming at the auspicious time given the disturbing insecurity in the region which has far-reaching implications to the socio-economic and political development in the geopolitical zone.
Obi commended the Southeast Governors for being thoughtful in organizing the summit and apologized for his absence despite being duly invited due to an inevitable earlier scheduled engagement outside the country.
The LP standard bearer whose message was read to the summit, urged the leaders to come together and speak up on the way to end the embarrassing insecurity in the region.
“This summit which is focusing merely on security and its economic impact on the Southeast East has come at the most auspicious time. It’s very necessary that as a people we come together, and put our heads together to find a lasting solution to this problem of insecurity in our homeland.
“Our mainstay as a people is business, no business and indeed any other economic activity would thrive amid insecurity.
“If we put our minds to it and work in unity and mutual trust, we will find a way out of this problem that is alien to us.
“Let me therefore commend your excellencies, the Governors of the South East for initiating the idea of the summit and working together to make this a reality.
“Let me urge everyone at this summit and those of us who are unable to attend in person to speak up, contribute ideas, and be part of the initiatives or actions that would be agreed upon at this summit to bring an end to the problem of insecurity in our region.”
The former Anambra state Governor prayed for “God to guide the country, grant the people the wisdom, strength, and courage to take the necessary steps to end insecurity in the homeland.
Following that, he said the people can continue to work with their God-given talent and energy to restore peace, tranquility in the South East and indeed Nigeria at large.
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