The House of Representatives at plenary on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 has expressed concern over the Social Investment Programmes of the present Administration, targeted at floating laudable projects that would have positive impact on millions of Nigerians across the States in Nigeria.
A motion moved by Hon. Bode Ayorinde enumerated the four cardinal elements on which the programme is anchored:
(i)the Home Grown Schools Feeding Programme targeting 5.5 million primary school pupils in all the States of the Federation;
(ii)the Job Creation Programme aimed at employing 500,000 graduates to be deployed in their communities to work as teachers, health support officers and agricultural officers, and participants are to be paid ₦30,000 each;
(iii)the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) of ₦5,000 monthly to extremely poor and vulnerable persons in the society, targeted at one million (l,000,000) recipients for two years; and
(iv)the Enterprises Promotion Programme which is a loan facility of between ₦l0,000 to ₦l00,000 to 1.66 million people.
Hon. Ayorinde noted that at the end of April 2017, the Federal Government claimed to have spent ₦41,714,293,000 across the thirty-six (36) States and the Federal Capital Territory in implementing different aspects of the four SIPs and that not less than 25 million meals have been served under the National Homegrown School Feeding Programme. Moreover,the School Feeding Programme has only covered 7 States of the Federation and there are no credible statistics as to how far the other elements have gone among the thirty-six (36) States of the Federation.
After an extensive deliberation on the matter, the House resolved as follows:
(i)urge the Federal Government to implement one element of the Social Investment Programmes at a time and ensure that each of the elements, when implemented, should cover all the thirty-six (36) States of the Federation, in the spirit of fairness, equity and justice; and
(ii)mandate the Committees on Poverty Alleviation, and Labour, Employment and Productivity to liaise with the Agency in charge of the SIPs to ensure that the Programmes are implemented in all Federal Constituencies in the country.