NSIP: Humanitarian Ministry engages over 4,000 independent monitors

Rahila Lassa, Abuja



The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, has distributed letters of engagement to Trained Independent Monitors of the National Social Investment Programme. 

The Minister, Sadiya Umar Farouq while distributing the letters in Abuja,  also announced the  launch of the Social Investment Management Information System (SIMIS) Application today.

You may recall that we flagged off the training of 5000 Independent Monitors for the National Social Investment Programme in Abuja on Thursday 4th February 2021. 

First batch of the training was carried out from the 17th February, 2021 to the 27th February, 2021 in 36 states and the FCT. A mop up training was organized and carried out zonally from 25th March 2021 to the 1st April, 2021 to provide all the Independent Monitors that missed the initial training with the opportunity to train,” she said.

According to her, out of the 5000 Independent Monitors identified and shortlisted for the training, 4452 were trained across the Country.

Today I am here to flag off the distribution of Engagement Letters and Devices for the Trained Independent Monitors. These Devices are equipped with an Application that will be used to report on monitoring activities of the trained Independent Monitors.  

“The Application, which we call the Social Investment Management Information System (SIMIS), is a mobile and web-based Application designed for Monitoring the National Social Investment Programme. Using this Application, the Ministry sees real time report of activities of the Independent Monitors on the Field”.

The Application allows the Ministry to have visibility up to the Local Government level. It will guide us at the Federal Level to ensure that, the programmes are working in line with their objectives, and also task the States to ensure they meet up with their deliverables towards effective implementation of the Programme”. 

“Essentially, it will help us deliver on our mandate and contribute to Mr. President’s vision of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of Poverty”. She explained.

A monthly stipend of N30,000 will be given to them while they are expected to meet up to 80% of their deliverables monthly


Scope of Work


  1. Routine Monitoring of all programmes under the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) in their assigned LGA.


  1. Provision of evidence-based report on findings in the field.


  1. Submission of various categories of reports in accordance with the set timelines.


  1. Attending all trainings and meetings as required by the Ministry and


  1. Other duties that may be assigned by the Ministry.


Every independent monitor will be held accountable by the Ministry for the task given to them.

However, the Ministry reserves the right to disengage an Independent Monitor for misconduct or noncompliance with set guidelines and directives.




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