President Mohammadu has directed that all social investment programmes of the Nigerian government be strictly monitored.
The aim is to ensure that funds meant for such programmes are properly channelled and utilised according to plan, hence the reason for government’s serious fight against corruption.
President Buhari has therefore emphasised that the country’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo heads the implementation and coordination team for the various programmes.
Senior Special Adviser to the Vice President on Media, Mr Laolu Akande disclosed this while briefing Journalists after a meeting of the country’s social protection team, presided over by the Vice President.
He said participants at the meeting included Ministers of the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies MDAs concerned with the implementation of the social investment programmes.
“The meeting essentially is to bring every relevant Ministry, Department and Agencies MDAs together, to coordinate what will happen. This is important because government has realized that in previous attempts to do social investment plans, the MDAs were not communicating with each other concerning the programmes and that has deprived the government and the people the benefits of coordination,” Mr Akande said.
According to the Senior Special Adviser, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had while addressing the meeting, identified lack of proper implementation and a great deal of corruption as the two main factors responsible for the failure of such laudable programmes in the past.
He said Professor Osinbajo stressed that government is working hard to address the problem by ensuring an effective coordination of its social protection programmes, thus, the allocation of half a trillion Naira to the social investment programmes.
“The bane of some of these projects in the past has been implementation and a great deal of corruption. About 90% of the funds meant for the programmes were embezzled; so much corruption existed, to the extent that some of the programmes didn’t mean much to the people. Therefore, the implementation strategy of the Buhari administration must ensure that there is effective coordination,” the Vice President noted.
Laolu Akande informed the Journalists that the Vice President re-echoed the stand of the governing party, the All Progressives Congress, of addressing the plight of the masses.
The social investment programmes of government include the teach Nigeria programme, under which 500,000 graduates would be employed as teachers in primary schools, the creation of a youth employment agency, the Conditional Cash Transfer programme for the extremely poor, a home grown school feeding programme which intends to dish out a meal per day to primary school pupils and the free education programme for science and technology students.
The office of the Vice President is to serve as the hub for the implementation of all of the programmes.