The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has organised an engagement and orientation workshop for Independent Monitors/Stakeholders deployed to Lagos State.

In her keynote address at the workshop, the State Focal Person and Honourable Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Mrs. Yetunde Arobieke, said the Independent Monitors were engaged to track the various activities of the Federal Government’s National Social Investment Programmes which include N-Power, Conditional Cash Transfer, Government Conditional Cash Transfer, Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme and Home Grown School Feeding currently ongoing in Lagos State.

Mrs. Arobieke, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Olujimi Ige, said the forum would address the use of the Social Investment Management Information System (SIMIS) Application and receive reports from the Independent Monitors on the National Social Investment Programme in the State.

She said the meeting was also a platform to synergise on the implementation plan, projections and resolutions on matters associated with the four programmes in order to further expose the Independent Monitors to the guidelines of National Social Investment Programmes and State policies.

While extending her appreciation to the Honourable Minister, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, for her foresight and efforts to make the programmes much more robust, the Commissioner acknowledged the dedication, commitment and support of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu on all the Social Investment Programmes ongoing in Lagos.

In his remarks, the Special Adviser to the President on Monitoring and Evaluation, Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management & Social Development, Mr. Idris Shehu, said the workshop was also designed to acquaint the Independent Monitors with the scope of work of the Consultant as well as a guide on the effective monitoring of NSIP programme and usage of the SIMIS App.

Shehu, who later introduced Dr. Onyemah Johnson as the Zonal Consultant, South West to the Independent Monitors, implored them to ensure judicious use of the resources allocated towards fulfilling the objectives of the programmes. Highlights of the workshop were the presentation of an award to Mr. Rahman Stephen Johnson of Lagos State, who emerged with the representatives of Taraba and Kaduna States, as the Best Performing State Coordinator of Independent Monitors in the Federation.

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