By Frank Ikpefan and Faith Yahaya, Abuja
The Federal Government on Thursday gave engagement letters and tablets to 4, 452 Trained Independent Monitors of the National Social Investment Programme.
The government also unveiled the Social Investment Management Information System (SIMIS) Application to monitor programmes under the NSIP.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Farouk at the unveiling on Thursday in Abuja, said the SIMIS application will provide a real-time update on the government’s National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme and others.
The minister said the monitors will be paid N30, 000 monthly as a stipend after meeting 80 per cent of their “deliverables monthly to be eligible for their stipend.”
She said: “Today I am here to flag off the distribution of Engagement Letters and Devices for the Trained Independent Monitors. These devices are equipped with an Application that will be used to report on monitoring activities of the trained Independent Monitors.
“You may recall that we flagged of the training of 5000 Independent Monitors for the National Social Investment Programme in Abuja on Thursday 4th February 2021.
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“First batch of the training was carried out from the 17th February 2021 to the 27th February 2021 in 36 states and the FCT. A mop-up training was organized and carried out zonally from 25th March 2021 to the 1st April 2021 to provide all the Independent Monitors that missed the initial training with the opportunity to train.
“Out of 5000 Independent Monitors identified and shortlisted for the training, 4452 were trained across the Country.
“The Independent Monitors are expected to monitor a designated number of beneficiaries of the National Social Investment Programme.
“They will be paid a monthly stipend of N30, 000, and they must meet up to 80% of their deliverables monthly to be eligible for their stipend.”
Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Bashir Alkali said the independent monitors will monitor programme beneficiaries within their locality in schools, households, and market clusters on a routine basis using a standardised reporting tool which have made available in hard copy as well as electronically.
The permanent secretary said this would help measure the impact of the NSIP programmes.