President Bola Tinubu has taken decisive action in suspending all programs administered by the National Social Investment Programme Agency (NSIPA) due to ongoing investigations into alleged malfeasance. The suspension covers a six-week period, affecting crucial initiatives like the N-Power Programme, Conditional Cash Transfer Programme, Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme, and Home Grown School Feeding Programmes.
The decision was communicated by Segun Imohiosen, Director of Information in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF). He highlighted that President Tinubu has expressed significant concerns about operational lapses and improprieties related to payments for the various programs. To address these issues, a ministerial panel has been constituted to conduct a comprehensive review of NSIPA’s operations and propose necessary reforms.
During the suspension period, all NSIPA-related activities, including distributions, events, payments, collaborations, and registrations, are frozen. This move emphasizes the President’s commitment to a swift and unbiased process that ensures the effective functioning of social intervention programs for the benefit of vulnerable Nigerians.
The statement reassures stakeholders and the public that the administration remains dedicated to ensuring that NSIPA’s initiatives align with their intended purpose. The objective is to facilitate necessary reforms that will enhance the overall effectiveness and transparency of the agency.
President Tinubu’s suspension of these programs underscores the gravity of the alleged malfeasance and the need for a thorough investigation to address any irregularities. This proactive approach aims to uphold accountability, restore public trust, and ensure that social intervention programs continue to positively impact the most vulnerable members of Nigerian society.
In summary, the suspension of NSIPA programs by President Tinubu is a strategic response to the ongoing investigation, reflecting a commitment to transparency, accountability, and the overall improvement of social intervention initiatives in Nigeria.