The Federal Government’s National Social Investment Office (NSIO) in collaboration with the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) is set to flag off a Toll-Free Whistle blower Hotline to checkmate corruption in School Feeding Program and truancy in the N-Power scheme.
President Muhammadu Buhari had recently transferred the program from the office of the Vice President where it had been domiciled since its inception in 2016 to the newly created Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.
According to a statement by the NSIP Communications Manager, Tienabeso Bibiye the launch of the Toll-Free Whistle blower Hotline will be carried out by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouk, on Friday at an open event scheduled to hold at the State House Auditorium, Abuja.
According to him the decision followed recent field reports that border on extortion of cash transfer to beneficiaries and cooks on the school feeding programme, as well as reported cases of truancy on the part of Some N-Power beneficiaries.
Bibiye said these have compelled the need for close monitoring of the various components of the program achieve the intended objectives.
The NSIP Communications Manager, said the event which aims to identify, curb and address corrupt tendencies in the Programme, is part of government’s commitment to to ensure the Social Protection Program is executed in an open, accountable and transparent manner and in line with the Zero Tolerance For Corruption Stance of the administration.
He explained that the latest collaborative effort between the NSIO and ICPC is to further tighten all loose ends, to effectively checkmate acts that tend to undermine the strident efforts of the Federal Government to alleviate poverty in the country.
He also revealed that the event is to also raise awareness to enable government garner public support in the fight against the menace of extortion, fraud and intimidation in the delivery and scaling up of the four projects under NSIP at the field level among others.
“It is also aimed at stimulating thinking and synergy around determining practical solutions and innovative approaches towards resolving the challenges NSIP beneficiaries face, thereby improving the implementation of NSIP for the benefits of the general populace and more specifically, for the benefits of the poor and vulnerable,” Bibiye said.
The event, he added is expected to produce positive outcomes that would further strengthen the execution of the SIPs for the benefit of Nigerians, would be open to Civil Society Organizations, Anti-Corruption Agencies, SIP monitors and the media.