As the federal government keeps on with the Npower scheme, Sadiya Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, on Tuesday, cautioned the Independent Monitors of the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) against intimidating beneficiaries of the scheme.
Farouq gave the warning in her remarks at the inauguration ceremony for the onboarding and training of 3,000 Stream 2 Independent Monitors of the NSIP in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State.
Farouq, who was represented by the Team Lead, Margaret Chuka-Ogwude, said that any independent monitor caught harassing beneficiaries would be sanctioned accordingly and handed over to relevant authorities.
She noted that independent monitors were one of the most important components of the NSIP and the ministry laid special emphasis on ensuring its programmes are closely monitored.
She urged the Stream 2 independent monitors to take the training seriously and upload their field reports daily on the Social Investment Management Information System application to reflect the implementation of the programme in various communities in the state.
Addressing the participants, Farouq said: “All state NSIP officials are here today, and I ask you to work closely with them. No intimidation of beneficiaries by an Independent Monitor will be accepted by the Ministry.
“Any Independent Monitor found intimidating or harassing a beneficiary will be taken off the programme.
“Be informed that we have officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Department of State Services working with us on this programme, and those found culpable will be handed over to relevant authorities.”