Democracy Day: These Are My Investments In You - Buhari
Investing in people is what the government of a nation does, especially as regards education and then other related areas.
Nigeria's Democracy Day is Tuesday and ahead of the celebration that will mark the current administration third-year in office, President Muhammadu Buhari has started reeling out some of his achievement.
On Monday, a spokesman for the President, Mr Femi Adesina, posted a statement entitled; Buhari's Administration's 3rd Year Report/factsheet (May 2018), with lists of these achievements.
Under the sub-heading 'Investing In People', the presidency said all four components of the Social Investment Programme (SIP) have now taken off.
He said that the SIP was the largest and most ambitious social safety net programme in the history of Nigeria, with 140 billion Naira released and more than nine million direct beneficiaries so far.
Under the N-Power, the government said 200,000 persons were already benefiting. Everyone participating receives 30,000 Naira in monthly stipends.
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According to the statement by Adesina, another 300,000 new enrolments were being processed, to take the number to 500,000 this year.
In another SIP programme, the administration of President Buhari claimed that the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP) had provided 15.183 billion Naira in interest-free loans ranging from 50,000 Naira to 350,000 Naira disbursed to more than 300,000 market women, traders, artisans, farmers across all 36 States of Nigeria and the FCT, under the programme. Of the loans, 56% have gone to women).
"In terms of advancing the financial inclusion goals of the Buhari Administration, GEEP has led to the opening of 349,000 new bank accounts/wallets for beneficiaries and intending beneficiaries."
GEEP was in November 2017, chosen as the pilot programme for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Policy Innovation Unit in Nigeria.
Another area that the government claimed it had invested in Nigerians is in the Home Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP) for primary school pupils.
Its target is to increase registration of pupils in school.
"Currently a total of 8.2 million pupils in 45,394 public primary schools across 24 states are benefiting," the statement read.
The states are Abia, Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi and Imo (South East); Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Delta (South South); Osun, Oyo, Ondo and Ogun (South West); Benue, Niger and Plateau (North Central) and Kaduna.
Others are Katsina, Kano, and Zamfara (North West); Bauchi, Taraba, Borno, Gombe and Jigawa (North East).
Unemployment is still high in Nigeria and most affected are youths, but the government says the school feeding programme has created over 80,000 direct jobs, with 87,261 cooks currently engaged in the 24 participating states.
"All 36 states of the Federation and the FCT will eventually benefit from the Programme," the statement read.
The other aspect of the SIP focused on the health of Nigerians and the government had seen over three million pupils dewormed in six states.
It is a bi-annual programme aimed at eradicating and reducing the burden of worms in pupils.
The last in the list of investments in Nigerians is the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) and Buhari's administration says 297,973 families are benefiting from the CCT Scheme, which pays 5,000 Naira monthly to the poorest and most vulnerable households in the country.