The Federal Government has so far disbursed N9.5 billion as conditional grant to 142,000 poor and vulnerable households in Katsina State.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar-Farouk disclosed this, while distributing palm-top computers to 108 independent monitors of the social investment programme in Katsina on Sunday.
Umar-Farouk said President Muhammadu Buhari had given approval for the expansion of the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) to accommodate more poor and vulnerable Nigerians in its conditional cash transfer scheme.
The minister, who was represented by Malam Aminu Tukur, Director, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), in the ministry, said that the Buhari-administration intended to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2030.
She urged the independent monitors to work hand-in-hand with the state Office of NSIP, to ensure transparency in the implementation of the programme.
Also speaking, Special Adviser to the President on Social Investment Programmes Mahmud Muhammad said that a total of 4,442 independent monitors had been engaged nationwide.
He said that they would monitor the implementation of the NSIP schemes in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Muhammad said that the monitors, who would be paid a monthly stipend of N30,000 each, had been trained on how to use computer applications to locate each household and each beneficiary in their areas of assignments.
“With the new arrangement in place, the Federal Government expects more effective implementation of the programme, while more poor and vulnerable in the country will be captured,” he said.
Alhaji AbdulQadir Nasir, state Focal Person of NSIP, urged officials of the programme to collaborate with the independent monitors by providing them with relevant data in the 34 local government areas of the state to ensure the success of the exercise.