Special Investment Programme got N619b - Presidency

Special Adviser to the President on Social Investments, Maryam Uwais, yesterday said N619 billion was released for the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) between 2016 and 2019.

She was responding to some issues raised during a meeting between the National Assembly leadership and the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk, under whose ministry the NSIP is now domiciled.

Mrs Uwais said the National Assembly leadership had wrongly claimed that the programme, while under her direct supervision before it was removed from the Office of the Vice President, received N2 trillion.

However, she said N1.7 trillion was budgeted for the three years and that only N619.1 billion was released.

Mrs Uwais denied the allegations that the NSIP information was not accessible to the National Assembly and that the National Social Register (NSR) was a scam.

Also yesterday, Senate President Ahmad Lawan and House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila said their observations on NSIP implementation represented the views of Nigerians.

Special Adviser (Media) to the Senate President, Ola Awoniyi, in a statement in Abuja, said the National Assembly leadership is committed to maintaining good working relations with the executive.

However, he said such a gesture would not stop it from “asserting its considered views in promotion and defence of good governance.”

The National Assembly leaders said there were misrepresentations of the deliberations and resolutions conveyed after the meeting with Hajia Farouq. Thenationonlineng
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