Maryam Uwais, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Social Investment Programme has faulted the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari for criticising the scheme without getting accurate information about its operations.
Mrs. Buhari had stated in an interactive forum on Saturday that the SIP being coordinated by Uwais failed in the northern states, especially Adamawa state.
“The SSA to the president on social investment is a lady from Kano and I’m sure that my husband decided to put somebody from Kano because of the population and political impact it made. I have never asked how the money is used or being given out. I met one of the president’s aides on SIP once and he promised me that for my state (Adamawa), N10,000 each would be given to 30,000 women but up till now, I haven’t heard from him, Mrs Buahri told a gathering of women at Aso Villa.
But Mrs.Uwais has explained that Mrs. Buhari’s comments on the SIP iwas based on ignorance and lack of sufficient information on the scheme. The conditional cash transfer programme, she disclosed, is ongoing in 12 local governments in Adamawa, while over 11,000 graduates have been recruited for the N-Power training scheme.
“I believe that if she were to listen to the information out there, if she were to check on our data, she would be able to track all the beneficiaries. Yes, she may not have met them. But we are in 12 local governments for the cash transfer. And we are also in 12 LGAs for the loans. So, I think we have at least 290,000 beneficiaries directly that we are paying in Adamawa state, she said on Channels Television.
She further explained that the school feeding programme is also ongoing in over 1,000 public primary schools in Adamawa and that much more could have been done with better funding.
“I’m saying that we have over 11,000 graduates recruited and working in her home state. We have non-graduates, 440; we started the school feeding programme in October 2018, we are in 1,054 public primary schools,” she said.