Nigeria adopts community based targeting for social intervention fund

Acheme Jack, Kano

An Adviser to the President on Social Investment Network Project, Dr. Temitope Sinkaiye has said that government would adopt a globally accepted scientific method in the disbursement of the 5OO billion naira social intervention fund initiated by President Muhammodu Buhari to create employment and alleviate poverty in the nation.

Dr, Sinkaiye at one day sensitisation Workshop held in Kano state north western Nigeria said the community based targeting system would be able to identify the right beneficiaries and eliminate fraudsters who would want to benefit from the project

‘’Targeting of the rightful beneficiaries is not going to be as it were. We are going to use a scientific method to do the targeting.’’

‘’We are not going to collect list of names from anybody. There are scientific methods that have been proven all over the world which is known as community based targeting’’

‘’The method involves moving from community to community and using a participatory methodology to collect data and rank households in the community according to their poverty level. So those who fall below the status would be enlisted into the programme’’ stressed Dr. Sinkaiye

Participants were drawn from local governments in the state and presentations were made in the Key areas of the project.

The five key areas in which the 5OO billion naira intervention fund will be spent are; the school feeing programme, the conditional cash transfer, the general enterprise empowerment, the job creation and the science, technical, Engineering and Mathematics programmes for graduates, non graduates and artisans among others.

The programme is starting with 3O percent coverage of local government in each of the three senatorial zones in all the states across the country.

She said the sensitisation Workshop is to ensure that stakeholders understand the programme and be able to play their own part, bring in the skills that are required and also serve as advocacy of the programme.

 ‘’So that the ordinary person who do not have access to the government, read newspaper hear Radio or watch television will be able to know through their participation because they are close to the target beneficiaries in the state, local governments and communities,‘’  explained the Adviser

On her part, the Kano state Commissioner for Budget and planning, Aisha Mohammed said the state governor Abdulahi Umar Ganduje has set up 5 technical executive council committees headed by some commissioners comprising also of some professionals outside the council for effective utilisation of the fund when the state’s share is eventually released.

‘’Kano state is buying into five of the programmes that have been set aside for the beneficiaries ‘’

She was optimistic that the state will perform creditably well, when the scheme commences because Governor of Ganduje already has some of the progammes running, especially the school feeding programme and empowerment schemes to the privilege.

‘’The Federal government for the school feeding is going to give 7O naira per child per day for primaries1 – 3. We are already used to this scheme. Because of the food that are being grown locally which are the food we are going to use. We may end up spending less than 7O naira per child. Which means the savings can be used to cover other classes 4 – 6.’’

‘’In the area of The empowerment we are going to fashion the programme to suit the peculiarities of Kano state so that all the beneficiaries from the nooks and crannies of the state can benefit,’’ explained the Commissioner

She said computerised system will be used as well as physical appearances to eliminate those who are not entitled but would want to come for the money.

‘’The registrations and the screenings are going to be done online and also physically, there are checks and balances. There are mechanisms for addressing grievances. Only the right people will benefit.’’

The 5OO billion naira social intervention funds is part of the 2O16 approved budgetary allocation expected to bring governance close to the people at the grass root level, especially the unemployed.