Thursday, 4 August 2016

FG flags off Social Investment Sensitization campaign in Anambra

By Okechukwu Onuegbu

The federal government recently flagged off the stakeholders’ sensitization workshop on the Social Investment Programs approved by the office of the Vice President, Prof  Yemi Osibanjo.

Speaking at the occasion, in Awka, the Special Adviser to president on IDPs and Social Investment, Mohammed Brimah noted that the Social Intervention program of the federal government would commence in any state immediately the prerequisite requirement had been satisfied.

Brimah also added that in job creation scheme, 500,000 graduate volunteer teacher corps, 10,000 Agric Extension and 10,000 Primary Health care workers would be engaged with stipends of N23,000 monthly and the provision of useful tools to execute their job within the two years programme.

He further disclosed that on empowerment program, 5000 young creative talents and 10,000 software and Hardware technologist respectively would be trained for three months and equipped with necessary tools and enablers to takeoff on their own. He however, emphasized that there would be no counterpart funding in all these programs.

Also speaking, Dotun Adebayo who is the Special Assistant to Special Adviser to President on Social Investment noted that the Pupil School Feeding program would be executed with whatever were produced within the locality of the project, even as he pointed out that the economic importance of the program include increase in local Agricultural production within the project environment.

He also said that workers to be in charge of pupils’ school feeding should come from the same community of the project, thereby creating job opportunities for women and caterers, adding that there will be nothing like counterpart funding between the state and federal governments as the Federal government will take care of Pupil primary 1-3 while the state government takes primary 4-6.

On his part, the Technical Assistant to Special Adviser to President on Social investment, Alutu Uzochukwu, said 1,000,000 beneficiaries would benefit from the STEM arrangement at N45,000 each, adding that  the social intervention program was geared towards eliminating hardship and reduce poverty within the country

Earlier in his welcome address, the commissioner for Economic Planning, Budget and Development Partners, Mark Okoye commended the federal government for using the Anambra State as a take off point of the project in Southeast region, saying that the benefits would include boosting of  local productivity, creating sustainable job, attracting investments among others.

Okoye observed that this Federal Government initiative and sustainable program came at a time when Nigeria citizens were confronted with serious economic challenges.

In his keynote address, the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano noted that the Social Investment programme which seeks to handle five critical social economic areas enjoys the highest level of political support in government policy such as job creation and youth empowerment, Home grown School Feed (HGSF), Cash transfer of N5000 monthly to the identified poor and vulnerable household. Others are enterprise and empowerment program and Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) Bursary program.

Obiano, who was represented by the commissioner for Health, Dr. Joe Akabuike added that the state government has signed Memorandum of Understanding with the federal government, establish the State Operation Coordinating Unit (SOCU), the State Cash Transfer Unit (SCTU) and the Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF) team to coordinate the various component of the special intervention project in the state.

The event was attended by top Anambra government functionaries, traditional rulers, Civil Society groups, among other key stakeholders across the state.



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