Npower: Independent Monitors Get Tablets, Eng. Letters as Batch C Start
Npower: Independent Monitors Get Tablets, Eng. Letters as Batch C Start: Sadiya Umar Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, has given 128 Tablets, Engagement Letters to Independent Monitor trained so far
This is coming at time when batch c of the Npower programme is coming in to continue the programme from whence Batch A and B left it
Sadiya Umar Farouq today flagged off the distribution of Tablets and engagement letters to 128 trained Independent Monitors in Abuja on Thursday.
“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 called 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 reports of activities of the Independent Monitors on the Field. We can view reports submitted and see the NSIP performance indicators by state and detect areas of challenges. For example, under the National Home-Grown School Feeding 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 Independent Monitors are expected to monitor a designated number of beneficiaries of the National Social Investment Programme. They will be paid a monthly stipend of N30,000 and they must meet up to 80% of their deliverables monthly to be eligible for their stipend.
“Please be informed that Independent Monitors are not allowed to assign their responsibilities to third parties. Every independent monitor will be held accountable by the Ministry for the task given to them. The Ministry reserves the right to disengage an Independent Monitor for misconduct or noncompliance with set guidelines and directives. I hereby urge you to carry out this assignment with outmost sense of patriotism, diligence and sincerity”.
“The Ministry believes that the engagement of Independent Monitors for NSIP, therefore, is one of the strategies to ensure these programmes achieve desired results. While the engagement of Independent Monitors is not new, we at the Ministry have reviewed the modalities and designed a more robust and proactive strategy to monitor the Programmes. The Independent Monitors will monitor programme beneficiaries within their locality in schools, households, and market clusters on a routine basis using a standardized reporting tool which we have made available in hard copy as well as electronically”.