Excerpt From Our Key Expert Interview on the National Social Investment Programme: We Are Not Where We Ought To Be – Sunday Adaje
Our Guest Analyst on ManifesTV Sunday Adaje, Sunday is the founder of Sikika Africa Initiative, shared his thoughts on the effectiveness of the NSIP with our correspondence Bakare Majeed during the May episode of ManifesTalk. He said that the idea behind the National Social Investment is commendable, however, the execution so far has not been encouraging. The data from the National Bureau of Statistics with focus on the poverty line in the country, shows that of the NSIP we are not where we are supposed to be.
He further buttressed lack of transparency in the scheme which has been hijacked by politicians mainly at the state level has been a bottleneck hindering the aim of the scheme to reach those it intended for. He also went further to say that; the budgetary allocations of the NSIP have not been fulfilled up to 40%, he suggested that a straight line charge should be implemented.
On the Conditional Cash transfer, the money is being disbursed by handling cash out to beneficiaries, thus monitoring the process is difficult.
On the Home-grown school feeding programme which is also aimed at boosting the capacity of small holders farmers to supply the food, looking at the inflated cost of food prices, it shows it hasn’t been achieved to its fullest.
On the N-Power scheme, it’s supposed to be a an investment project aimed at long term gains in building the capacity of young people to improve their employability index ,but rather it’s a palliative measure, lack of proper budget implementation is one of the factors hindering its progress.
On the GEEP( Market Moni, Trader Moni and Farmer Moni), its sustainable, simply because it simply giving cash handouts that can’t be easily monitored. The system is supposed to be offer loans to persons that’s repayable, but that would be difficult to achieve due to the way it designed. On a general note, he concluded that, the score card so far of the NSIP by this administration based on promises made is 35%.