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Obaseki Sets Up Committee On Social Investment Programme

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L-R: Mr. Abode Secretary of the committee, Mr Uhunmwangho, Focal Person, Mr. Taiwo Akerele, Governor Obaseki and Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu
Governor
of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki has inaugurated a committee to work out
modalities for the implementation of the federal government Social
Investment Programme in the state.

The
committee, which will be chaired by the governor, has his Deputy, Mr Philip Shaibu as Vice Chairman, while his Chief of Staff, Mr Taiwo
Akerele will head other sub-committees.
The governor,
addressing members of the Social Investment Programme Steering
Committee charged them to work hard to ensure the state’s enrollment into
the federal government programme.   
He
listed various components of the social investment programme to include
the N-Power Programme, from which over 14,000 people have benefited in
the state.
Others
are the school feeding programme and the National Conditional Cash
Transfer programme, which the state was yet to adopt.   
“I
am imploring us to, within a fortnight, finalise all the work we are
currently doing to ensure that we qualify people for the school feeding
programme. We should also qualify people for the National Conditional
Cash Transfer of N5,000 monthly stipend to the poorest of the poor and
vulnerable persons in our communities throughout the state’’, he said.
In
addition, he revealed that the state had finalised arrangements for the
kick-off of the government enterprise and empowerment programme in the
state, which is also a component of the FG social investment scheme.
He
mandated the committee to help ensure that communities across the 18
Local government areas of the state were adequately mobilised for the
programmes.
He
also tasked them to gather specific data on the poor and vulnerable in
the society and capture them in a social register, which would be
updated monthly.

“The programme will be data specific; we have to get information about the identity of the persons to be registered. The committee can also embark on any action that will lead to the success of the programme in the state’’, he said.

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