Ministry To Sensitize Citizens On N-SIP Establishment Bill

Ministry To Sensitize Citizens On N-SIP Establishment Bill

By Blessing Otobong-Gabriel

Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has commenced the sensitization of citizens on N-SIP Establishment Bill.

Director of Legal Services in the ministry, Barrister Garba Haganawega disclosed this yesterday during a stakeholders consultative workshop on the sensitization of the National Social Investment Programme Establishment Bill.

Haganawega said “we are here to sensitize the public about the National Social Investment Programme, NSIP, Bill, adding that the objective is to provide a legal framework that will be sustained’’.

The bill tends to address the problems of different groups and it will deal with men, women, farmers and also cover a wide range of the populace.

Also, the consultant, Umar Bindir said poverty is a big problem in Nigeria and there is the need to have an effective programme to fight poverty.

Bindir said NSIP had been evolved to serve as a tool to sustain the fight against poverty.

According to him, ‘‘Nigerians have resolved through their representatives in the National Assembly to sustain the fight against poverty until we kill it. So this bill is about the structure, operational modalities, funding methodologies, reporting lines and everything that has to do with NSIP with the ultimate target of ensuring that we fight poverty in our country.

‘‘NSIP is not a new agency, because we know from experience, what happens to any agency that has been established by law, they will have their board, separate offices and are self-accounting. In the past we have seen institutions that have enjoyed this kind of regulation and institutionalization but poverty is a problem’’.

The bill encourages very close partnership with states and local government. That is why it is called National Social Investment Programme and not federal social investment programme.

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