By Matthew Okoata
Delta State Commissioner for Humanitarian and Community Support Services Dr Darlington Ijeh addressing Secretaries and NGOs National Social Investment Programmes during a meeting recently in Asaba.
Delta State Government has read out the riot acts to Secretaries and NGOs supervising the four components of the National Social Investment Programmes (NSIP) in the State.
The Commissioner for Humanitarian and Community Support Services, Dr. Darlington Ijeh gave the charge today in Asaba during a joint meeting with Secretaries and NGOs of National Social Investment Programmes(NSIP).
Dr. Ijeh urged them as the administrative heads of various Local Government Areas in the State, to be efficient and result driven as they discharge their duties.
“We are going to embark on performance assessment. We are going to do that diligently and everything will be procedural “.
“We are going to fish out the capable ones and those who cannot performance may have to make way for the competent ones to do the job because we can not afford to fail. We must finish strong ” he added.
The Commissioner disclosed that the importance of N-SIP in the State cannot be overemphasized due to it’s relevance in Governor Ifeanyi Okowa led administration’s Mantra ” Prosperity for All Deltans” hence, hence the need for the four components to be revamped to meet it’s intended purpose in the lives of beneficiaries.
Executive Assistant to the Governor on Export Initiatives/Coordinator United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO Centre), Chief Shimite Bello, who was the pioneer Focal Person for the Programme, frowned at the epileptic style of payment for the National Home-grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) in the State.
Chief, Mrs. Shimite Bello EA to the Governor on Export Initiatives and Coordinator United Nations Industrial Development Organization ( UNIDO Centre) addressing the Secretaries and NGOs of N-SIP
“I have gone through the documentation of Home-grown School Feeding Programme, and I noticed we have epileptic payment.” She said.
The State Focal Person for National Social Investment Programmes, Mr. Henry Agwazim, charged the Secretaries and NGOs in the 25 Local Government Area on the need for them to have first hand knowledge of the numbers of N-SIP beneficiaries in the State as well as their local government of jurisdiction.
He disclosed that in the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT), Programme, 8,164 beneficiaries were documented and that the reason for the low number of beneficiaries in the State according to Bureau of Statistics, was because Delta is not amongst the poor States while 12,675 persons have benefited in N-POWER Programme in Delta State and that deployment for Batch C would commence soon.
Mr. Agwazim added that 291,000 pupils were currently being fed through the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme in selected schools across the 25 Local Government Areas of the State which included the 25 Secretaries. While Government Empowerment Enterprise Programme (GEEP) had 48,361 on-boarded and 38,262 were digitalized beneficiaries in the State.
He urged the Secretaries and NGOs for National Home-grown School Feeding Programme to always liaise with the Local Education Authority (LEAs) in their various Local Government for seamless operation.
Speaking during the meeting, Hon. Murray Okpor, Chairman, Association of Secretaries on National Home-grown School Feeding Programme, expressed confidence on the new leadership of the National Social Investment Programmes (NSIP) in the State calling them “good hands” and as a result, that he has no doubt that the Programmes would achieve it’s intended aims in the State.