The Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has flagged -off the distribution of engagement letters and tablets To 300 trained Independent Monitors in Bauchi States.
According to the Minister, “These Devices are equipped with an Application that will be used to report on monitoring activities of the trained Independent Monitors”.
“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. This will enable the Ministry to detect areas where there are challenges and provide greater visibility of activities happening in the field. Essentially, it will help us deliver on our mandate and contribute to Mr. President’s vision of lifting 100 million out of poverty”.
She explained that,” Each Independent Monitor is 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.
Continuing, she stated that the scope of work by the Independent Monitors, emphasizing that the IM’S are not allowed to assign their responsibilities to third parties and will be held accountable by the Ministry for the task given to them.
Earlier, the Senior Special Adviser to Bauchi States Governor on Social Investment Programme, Hajia Amina Katagum, commended the Minister for the initiative and assured that the State government will continue to provide a conducive environment for the success of the interventions.
She added that, the state government under the leadership of Bala Muhammed has a keen interest in youth development and poverty alleviation.