High poverty rate overshadows social investment programme — FG

halima shehu

The Federal Government said on Tuesday that the National Social Investment Programme has not been able to alleviate poverty across the country despite running since 2016 because of the high population of poor and vulnerable citizens in Nigeria.

The NSIP is a programme under the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation created by the Federal Government to change the lives of Nigerians living in extreme poverty, upgrade their standard of living, and improve the economy.

Speaking at a briefing in Abuja, the National Coordinator, NSIP, Halima Shehu, said the programme had yet to completely alleviate poverty in Nigeria due to the high poverty rate nationwide.

She, however, stressed that the government was working hard to tackle the poverty rate in Nigeria, as this would go a long way in reducing crime across the country.

“As we all know the NSIP programmes have now been running in the country since 2016 across the country but it’s yet to completely alleviate poverty out of the country.

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“First, (it is) because the population of poor/vulnerable is twice higher than the average population of Nigerians who can afford the basic human needs, and not up to 30 per cent of the population have been empowered.

“Poverty, as we all know, engenders crime in any society. The more the people are uplifted out of poverty the lesser the crime rate in any society,” the NSIP coordinator stated.

Shehu said the NSIP programmes had witnessed so many criticisms for lack of transparency, accountability, a free and fair selection of beneficiaries, a realistic database, and publicity, among others.

“We hope to do better in this aspect especially now that the programmes are governed by an act which is a legal framework that clearly states the function of the agency, the chief executive and stakeholders,” she stated.

She promised that the NSIP would now be focused, committed, dedicated and passionate in carrying out the sensitive assignment of poverty alleviation, describing it as one of the biggest promises of the current administration