NSIP beneficiaries laud Buhari on poverty eradication programmes
By Ahmed Ahmed
Some beneficiaries of the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) of the Federal government in Bauchi state have lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for lifting them out of poverty through various programmes.
Many of the beneficiaries expressed their satisfaction with both the President and the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq on Tuesday.
Speaking with newsmen, the National Coordinator of NSIP, Mr Umar Bindir, commended the president for his commitment and support toward ensuring the success of the programme.
Bindir called on beneficiaries to use the opportunity and improve their well-being and explained that NSIP comprised of N-Power, Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP).
Others, he said included; National Home Grown School Feeding Program and the Conditional Cash Transfer Programme which, he said, had impacted positively on the lives of many Nigerians.
The national coordinator, who noted that the law establishing the National Social Investment Programme as a federal government’s parastatal was before the president for his assent, called on the APC presidential candidate to ensure its sustainability if he eventually emerge victorious.
“The N-power component of the programme is designed to assist young Nigerians between the ages of 18 to 35 to acquire and develop life-long skills for becoming change makers in their communities and were given a stipend of N30,000 monthly.
“NSIP is one of the largest social protection programmes in Africa that brings positive change in the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable in the country.
“Since its introduction in 2016, the programme has impacted positively on the lives of the poor and vulnerable in Nigeria,” he said.
Also speaking, Mr Mubarak Linmanci, Bauchi state Coordinator of the Independent Monitors, a forum of NSIP, said the programme had not only salvaged the beneficiaries from abject poverty, but also made some of them employers of labour.
He expressed optimism that with the level at which the programme had impacted positively on the lives of common man, it would be sustained by the federal government.
Limanci, however, expressed concern that there were few beneficiaries of the N-Power that were unable to enjoy the monthly allowances due to some problems with their Bank Verification Number (BVN) for sometime.
He explained that others that had similar problems was caused by their greed to enjoy duo components of the programme for reasons best known to them.
In his address, Malam Ismaila Musa, a beneficiary of N-Power, also commended the president for his foresight to lessen the burden of the poor.