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The Npower Programme and other components of the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) are on the verge of gaining continuity and sustainability following the Federal Executive Council's approval of a National Social Investment Programme (Establishment) Bill, 2022.

In a Statement signed by Nneka Ikem Anibueze, SA to Humanitarian Affairs Minister on Media and Publicity, on Thursday, the Federal Executive Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at its meeting on Wednesday Sept 7,2022 resolved that NSIP should be backed by legislation to ensure its continuity and sustainability.

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The Bill seeks to establish the National Social Investment Programme Agency for the management and implementation of the National Social Investment Prorgrammes

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouk in her presentation during the meeting described NSIP as a reliable tool for solving poverty problems in Nigeria.

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"NSIP serves as an enduring legacy of this administration and is necessary to be backed by legislation at this time. Thus, the urgent need for Council to approve the NSIP Bill which seeks to provide statutory backing as conceptualized and established by this Administration.

"The NSIP is directly and indirectly inmpacting the lives of poor Nigerians through its four cluster programmes namely: the N-POWER Programme, the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP), the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) and the Conditional Cash Transfer Programme (CCT). These programmes are designed to serve as various forms of social safety nets specifically targeting those at the bottom of the social ladder or those who require some form of support to enable them to become productive members of the society and finally prevent more people from falling below the poverty line.

"The submission is to create the National Social Investment Programme as an agency, in line with Mr President's agenda to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by the year 2030".

NSIP will be implemented in full partnership with all the 36 State Governments and the FCT while Council also approved acceptable source of funding for NSIP through a budgetary allocation and 5% of recovered and repatriated funds.

In a related development, the National Flood Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan for Nigeria was also approved.

According to Minister Umar Farouk, the plan is expected to help build resilience of Nigerian communities to severe flood incidences by providing a common and strategic reference point for flood planning and response for all the tiers of government, response organizations and most vulnerable communities.

The Plan promotes risk reduction through early warning and early action arrangements and effective use of technology for forecasting and surveillance by mandated organizations. 

"The strategic outcomes of the plan are that the nation is more resilient to future flood evernts, effective responses to flood events and an improved understanding of the wider impacts of flood on national development".

The plan when enacted into law will ensure that all relevant MDAs understand their roles and responsibilities before, during and after flood incidences, establish clear threshold for flood emergency response arrangements, provide clarity on the means of improving resilience and minimizing the impact of flood events and establish short, medium and long-term asset that will provide continuous improvement in flood emergency management in Nigeria.

The ministry noted that the Bills will now be sent to the National Assembly for legislation and passage to law and if enacted will provide the necessary statutory backing for the existing NSIP under the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

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