Breaking: Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs deliberates on N-power, N-SIP and the way forward

The Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq hosted an inter-ministerial dialogue session on Tuesday June 9, 2020 in Abuja.

According to a statement signed the Ministry’s Director of Information, Mrs Rhoda Ishaku Iliya, she note that the Ministry has undertaken a review and re-appraisal of the programme in order to strengthen the program design and streamline for efficiency.

She furthered that part of the reforms and streamlining will see a reduction in tenure from the current 24 months, launch of the Integrated National Social Investment Programme (I-NSIP) which is intended to reposition N-SIP to cater to vulnerable groups in society by providing them access to shock responsive interventions, life skills & mentorship in order to systematically lift people out of poverty.
Others include enrolling more women on the program to empower them, so that they can earn an income and be more self-sufficient while privileging N-Teach, N-Health and N-Agro as areas of key priority attention. 
The session was attended by Honourable Minister Agriculture, Sabo Nanono; Honourable Minister of State Budget and Planning, Clem Agba; Honourable Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire; Honourable Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen and Honourable Minister of State Education, Emeka Nwajiuba.
Mrs Iliya also stated that the ministers further resolved that the core emphasis of the National Social Investment Programmes must be on the youths who account for 70 million of the Nigerian population even as youth unemployment stands at over 20% with 4.5 million entering the job market annually.

At the close of the session, the ministers resolved that attention should be paid to helping our youth convert knowledge into skills while providing opportunities for them to digitalise and organise markets and to achieve this they all agreed that emphasis should not be on starting new structures but building on existing ones –from the National Directorate of Employment to Digital Literacy and Skills Acquisition programme (DEEL) as well as the Work Experience Programme (WEP) of the Ministry of Youth & Sports Development.

Concluding the meeting, Mrs Iliya noted that the rising matter is that the ministers have proposed the convening of a technical working group that will help to synergize and operationalize the inter-ministerial efforts.

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