President Muhammadu Buhari’s Federal Government led administration established the National Social Investments Programmes (NSIP) in 2016, to provide succour to Nigerians.
The suite of programmes under the NSIP focuses on ensuring a more equitable distribution of resources to vulnerable populations, including children, youth and women. Since 2016, these programmes combined have supported more than 4 million beneficiaries accross the country through a fair and transparent process supported by the Ministry of Budget and National Planning and other notable MDAs with aligned goals.
The NSIP programmes are categorized into four sections:
1. N-power programme
2. Conditional Cash Transfer programme
3. Government Enterprise and Empowerment programme
4. Home Grown School Feeding Programme
The N-power programme was established to assist young Nigerians between the ages of 18 to 35 to acquire and develop life-long skills for becoming change makers in their communities with a monthly stipend of N30,000.
The N-Power Program is built to address the issue of youth unemployment and help increase social development.
The programme was intended and have trained 500,000 youths across the country, the N-Power Program is a community-sourced solution to the nation’s under-developed public services like education, healthcare, and civic engagement.
N-Power is categorized into:
1. N-POWER Graduate Programs
N-Power Agro is the program designed to provide services to farmers across the country. Part of the focus is to support the development of efficient farming techniques and practices to maximize productivity in the agricultural sector.
The other side of the program provides technological and institutional development to farming communities in rural areas, places where the public service sector is particularly underrepresented. By creating a stronger link between rural and urban communities and centralizing the knowledge base while incorporating local knowledge and practices, the N-Power Agro program is built to link the diverse communities of Nigeria while promoting a modern economy.
The N-Power Teach program helps improve basic education in Nigerian communities. Volunteers are deployed as teachers assistants in primary schools where they engage with students to foster relationships and build confidence while supporting their educational development. In addition, these volunteers bring education solutions to underserved communities, helping the most marginalized members of their communities get access to the education they need to participate in the modern workforce.
The N-Power Health Program deploys volunteers to provide care with a focus on preventative measures and the most vulnerable, including pregnant women and children. By increasing access to basic health services in underserved communities the N-Power Health Program serves the double purpose of increasing the overall well-being of millions of citizens and supporting the development of healthcare infrastructure with community-based solutions.
2. N-POWER Non-Graduate Programs
The N-Power Knowledge programme is the Federal Government’s first step towards diversifying to a knowledge economy. This programme will work alongside the planned eight innovation hubs across the country to provide incubation and acceleration of the technology and creative industries. The programme is a ‘Training to Jobs’ initiative, essentially ensuring that participants can get engaged in the marketplace in an outsourcing capacity, as freelancers, as employees and as entrepreneurs. It comprises of N-Creative, N-Tech Hardware, N-Tech Software
N-Power Build is an accelerated training and certification (Skills to Job) programme that engages and train 75,000 young unemployed Nigerians in order to build a new crop of skilled and highly competent workforce of technicians, artisans and service professionals.
Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme ( GEEP)
Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP) is a micro-lending intervention for traders, artisans, enterprising youth, farmers and women in particular, by providing loans between #10,000 and #100,000 at no monthly cost to beneficiaries.
By providing low-cost micro-lending to over a million women, enterprising youths, agricultural workers, and other vulnerable economic producers, the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Program supports the development of otherwise low-productivity sectors of the population, bringing millions of people into the modern economy and lifting communities out of poverty.
A federal grant of N140 billion was invested in the program with the goal of reaching over a million women, 200,000 artisans and MSMEs, 260,000 youth business ventures, and 200,000 farmers and agricultural workers.
Conditional Cash Transfer
The Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) program provides cash transfers to the most vulnerable households with the long-term goal of lifting millions out of poverty.
A monthly stipend of N5,000 is given to vulnerable households in the communities along with an additional N5,000 for families designated as priorities or extreme cases. Along with the cash transfers, as part of the program, beneficiaries are supported, mentored, and coached by trained Community Facilitators who visit them weekly to help them take ownership of their lives.
Savings groups are formed with the intention of creating communities to share and grow financial knowledge, provide training for employment and life skills, as well as improve nutrition, hygiene, and sanitary conditions. Part of the requirement is that households with school-age children enroll in school to promote education enrollment and incentivize educational attainment.
National Home Grown School Feeding Program
The Home Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSF) aims to deliver school feeding to young children with a specific focus on increasing school enrollment, reducing the incidence of malnutrition, empowering community women as cooks. Over 44,000 cooks are engaged in the program, feeding over 4 million students in 26 Nigerian States.
The intention is a cycle of productivity, sustaining and connecting local farmers to nationwide and global markets while providing the next generation with the sustenance necessary for education and growth. Local economies are directly stimulated in various sectors, from education to the service industry to the agricultural sector, while educational attainment and acquisition of skills are encouraged and supported among the youth.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration have been able to accomplish all these with the support and effective policy reforms of relevant Ministries Departments and Agencies.