By Lawrence Duya, Abuja-Nigeria.
The Honour Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq has launched the National Social Investment Management System, SIMIS, in Abuja.
Social Investment Management Information System, SIMIS, is a mobile and web-based application designed for monitoring the National Social Investment Programme.
Hajia Farouq, who conducted this programme personally said that the training of 5000 Independent Monitors for the Social Investment Programme was flagged off in Abuja on Thursday 4th February 2021. The first batch of the training was carried out from the 17th February 2021 to the 27th February 2021 in the 36 States and the FCT. A mop-up training was organized and carried out at the zonal level from 25 th March 2021 to the 1st April 2021. This second training was to provide all the Independent Monitors that missed the initial training with the opportunity of being trained.
A further breakdown showed that out of the 5000 Independent Monitors identified and shortlisted for the training, 4452 were trained across the country.
According to the Minister, with the use of the Social Investment Management Information System, SIMIS, the Ministry can sees real-time report of the activities of the Independent Monitors on the field. Report submitted can be viewed and the NSIP performance indicators by states can be appraised and challenges revealed.
“For example, under the National Home-Grown School programme , we can see where feeding has taken place and where there is no feeding happening. This will provide greater visibility to the Ministry and equip us with information to follow up with implementation happening at the state level” the Minister said.
The application will help the Ministry deliver on its mandate and contribute to Mr. President’s vision of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.
The Independent Monitors are expected to monitor the designed number of beneficiaries of the NSIP. A monthly stipend of #30,000 will be paid to them and they must meet up to 80% of their responsibilities before they are paid monthly.
Their scope of work includes Routine Monitoring of all programs under the NSIP in their assigned LGA, provision of an evidence-based report on findings on the field, submission of various categories of reports by the set timeline, attending all training and meetings as be assigned by the Ministry, other duties that may be assigned by the Ministry.
The Minister reminded the Independent Monitors that they are not allowed to assign their responsibilities to third parties. She also said that the Ministry reserves the right to disengage an Independent Monitor for misconduct or noncompliance with the set guidelines and directives.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Alhaji Bashir Nura Alkali, appreciated Mr. President for his desire to lift 100,000 million Nigerians out of poverty. He also thanked the Minister of the Ministry, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq, for her zeal towards actualizing the vision of the President.
Furthermore, he applauded the effort of the staff of the ministry, State Focal Persons, and the National Orientation Agency for their relentless support to the Ministry.
The duration of the SIMIS program is one year starting from June 2021 to May 2022.