NSIP: Ministry readies Independent Monitors to monitor N-power, others, launches SIMIS App

The Federal Government has readied Independent Monitors engaged to monitor the National Social Investment Programme in the States and Local Governments in Nigeria.

In a Statement signed by the Special Assistance to the Humanitarian Affairs Minister on Media, Nneka Ikem Anibueze on Thursday, the Ministry has flagged off the distribution of Tablets and appointment Letters to 4,452 Independent Monitors trained across the Country.

The flag off which took place at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre Abuja on Thursday is one of the National Social Investment Management Systems aimed at monitoring all the SIPs under the ministry including the N-Power, Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme GEEP, Conditional Cash Transfer CCT and the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme NHGSFP.

During the event which also involved the launch of a Social Investment Management Information System (SIMIS) Application, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouk stated that the Tablets containing the App would enable the Ministry view reports submitted by the Independent Monitors, see the NSIP performance indicators by state and detect areas of challenges.

“The Application, which we called the Social Investment Management Information System (SIMIS), is a mobile and web-based Application designed for Monitoring the National Social Investment Programme.

"Using this Application, the Ministry sees real time report of activities of the Independent Monitors on the Field. We can view reports submitted and see the NSIP performance indicators by state and detect areas of challenges. For example, under the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme, we can see where feeding has taken place and where there is no feeding happening. This will provide greater visibility to the Ministry and equip us with information to follow up with implementation happening at the state level,” Farouk stated.

Farouq charged the Independent Monitors to be diligent, upright and accurate in their assignment adding that monthly stipend of N30,000 will be paid to the Monitors when they must have met 80% of their monthly deliverables.

“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.

“The Ministry believes that the engagement of Independent Monitors for NSIP therefore is one of the strategies to ensure these programmes achieve desired results. While the engagement of Independent Monitors is not new, we at the Ministry have reviewed the modalities and designed a more robust and proactive strategy to monitor the Programmes. The Independent Monitors will monitor programme beneficiaries within their locality in schools, households, and market clusters on a routine basis using a standardized reporting tool which we have made available in hard copy as well as electronically,” She noted.

The Ministry disclosed that out of the 5,000 Independent Monitors selected across the Country, 4,452 were successfully trained to carry out the assigned duties. 

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