An Executive Bill to establish the National Social Investment Programme Agency for the management and implementation of the National Social Investment Programmes, has scaled Second Reading at the Nigerian Senate.
The Bill was read for the Second time after a debate led by the Senate Leader, Senator Ibrahim Gobir at Plenary
The Bill seeks to Provide a statutory and institutional framework for implementation of the National Social Investment Programme, NSIP.
Plans to institutionalize the National Social Investment Programme initiated by the Buhari Administration in 2016, is in top gear as the Nigerian Senate begins the consideration of the Establishment Bill .
The Senate Leader in his Lead Debate briefed lawmakers on the General Principles of the Bill and how it will impact the lives of citizens.
The bill elicited a robust debate from lawmakers, who all acknowledged the significance of this piece of legislation.
But some of them picked holes in the implementation process of the safety net Programmes, they now hope that the new bill will ensure it is more transparent, efficient and effective.
The Bill scaled second reading and has been referred to the Senate Committee on Special Duties for further legislative action and it is expected to return to the chamber with it’s report in 2 weeks.
The Nigerian Social Investment Programme one of the signature programme of the Muhammadu Buhari administration and was designed as two pronged programme to help transfer money to vulnerable people across the Country and also ensure more enrolment for Out of School Children by providing a Meal per day at Schools across the Country.
The Feeding programme is currently in existence in over 20 States of the Federation in some schools and has also led to the creation of employment opportunities for many Nigerians who work as Cooks, Drivers, Suppliers and Others.