It is not a doubt that the name “Sadiya Umar Farouq” is today, a household name in the lexicon of our nation Nigeria.
By design and by mandate, the Federal Ministry for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development is a Ministry dedicated to delivering on President Buhari’s good vision of reaching out to the citizens of the country in terms of their basic needs and welfare.
Doubtless; Sadiya has been up and doing, till date she has carried on the NSIP (National Social Investments Programme) in the most professional, transparent, accountable and fairest of ways possible. She inherited the NSIP in July 2019 when she was appointed into the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government, as Minister. Her Ministry, the Federal Ministry for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development was later established in August 2019.
The National Social Investments Programme (NSIP) was established by the President Buhari-led Federal Government in 2016, to “tackle poverty and hunger across the country”. The purpose of NSIP focuses on ensuring a more equitable distribution of resources to vulnerable populations including children, youth and women.
The programmes under the NSIP are N-Power,Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP), Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) and National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP).
N-Power is a programme for unemployed graduates and non-graduates. As of August 23, 2021, the Federal Government on-boarded the first stream of the Batch C set of beneficiaries selected for the programme. Tribune newspaper, quoting Sadiya Umar Farouq, in one of its August 23, 2021 publications, reported thus; “(N-Power) Batch C is divided into 2 streams. Stream C1 is made up of 510,000 beneficiaries and stream C2 is made up of 490,000 beneficiaries. Under Batch C1, a total of 450,000 have been selected to benefit under the Graduate component, while 60,000 beneficiaries will be Non-Graduate beneficiaries.”
Another brilliant programme under the NSIP is the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP). GEEP is aimed at providing financial inclusion and access to micro-credit for Nigerians at the bottom of the economic pyramid. It is important to note that GEEP is aimed at serving small and micro businesses. GEEP comprises of three schemes, namely; Farmermoni, Marketmoni and Tradermoni. FarmerMoni is targeted at rural farmers, MarketMoni is targeted at vulnerable women and TraderMoni is targeted at enterprising youths.
Voice of Nigeria in one of its August 25, 2021 publications, quoted Sadiya, saying; “With Mr. President’s gracious approval to expand and provide loans to an additional 1,000,000 beneficiaries; with emphasis to targeting small holder farmers in the year 2020/2021, the GEEP has been restructured.”
As of 24th August 2021, the restructured version of the GEEP programme, code-named “GEEP 2.0” was launched.
The third on the list of programmes under the NSIP is the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programme. As of August 2021, CCT has impacted over 100,000 communities spread across the 774 Local Governments of the country. According to a report by Vanguard Nigeria, as of May 2021, the Federal Government has disbursed about N18 million to 1,799 beneficiaries in Kafinhausa Local Government Area of Jigawa, under its Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programme. According to the report, each of the beneficiaries received the sum of N10,000.
According to an August 28th 2021 report by Premium Times, The Federal Government has commenced the payment of N20,000 stipend (as payment for four months) to each of over 74,000 beneficiaries in Kogi State, under its Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) courtesy of the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP).
CCT, according to Mr Umar Aliko, NSIP coordinator for Kafinhausa Local Government Area of Jigawa State, is “aimed at improving the lives of the beneficiaries and lifting the most vulnerable groups out of poverty”. Other States covered already by the CCT programme include Zamfara, FCT, Sokoto, Niger, among many others.
The last but not the least on the list of programmes under the NSIP is the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP). National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) is “a Government-led school feeding programme that aims to improve the health and educational outcomes of public primary school pupils.”
According to Sadiya Umar Farouq, NHGSFP was designed (to serve) as “a multi-faceted intervention to drive school enrollment, enhance pupils’ nutrition, support local production of food and encourage employment and income generation”.
According to a July 5, 2021 report by Guardian Nigeria, under Sadiya Farouq’s leadership, at least nine million pupils across the country have thus far benefited from the Federal Government’s home-grown school feeding programme. According to the report, Sadiya commenting on the essence of NHGSFP, said “the programme was designed to reduce poverty in all its forms.”
“She added that arrangement (NHGSFP) had been concluded to reach additional five million pupils by 2023,” the report further added.
The aforementioned are indeed clear indications that Sadiya Umar Farouq has been an excellent agent of Buhari’s vision of taking Nigerians to the “Next Level” of youth and women empowerment, entrepreneurship, progress and development. She may be the quiet type but she is yet diligently daily touching lives across the grassroots of the country, bridging the welfare gap between the rich and even the poorest of the poor, as the mandate of her office carries her, on behalf of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government.
Issa Itopa Lucky is a Public Affairs analyst.
He writes from Kogi State.