NASS dismisses social investment programme implementation strategy

The leadership of the National Assembly (NASS) has dismissed the methodology adopted in the implementation of the Social Investment Programme of the Federal Government.

President of the Senate said Social Investment Programme excludes the genuinely poor people whom the programme should target and insisted it must be backed by law to enable it to meet with global best practices.

“We feel that we need to work together with you to ensure that there is effectiveness, there is efficiency, that those who are supposed to benefit, benefit directly,” Lawan said.

“When for example, some conditions are set, that those who will benefit will have to go online, through the internet or BVN and the rest of it.

“I want to tell you that the majority of those who are supposed to benefit have no access to power. They have no access to the Internet. They have no bank account, so no BVN.

“In fact, many of them don’t even have phones and these are the poorest of the poor. Yet, some of the conditions or guidelines which you set inadvertently leave them out,” Lawan said.

 

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