National Social Investment Programme- Third Party Monitoring NSIP-TPM Project

WOYODEV participated in the Third Party Monitoring of the National Social Investment Programme in 2018(August-October) and 2019(July-September) in two Local Government Areas, Moro and Ilorin East Local Government Areas of Kwara State.

Over 1200 beneficiaries were reached for the two local government areas throughout the monitoring period and over 70 schools and health facilities were visited.

Some of the major challenges highlighted by the beneficiaries at Ilorin East Local Government Area include the following: 

⦁ The distance of the PPA to their residence, i.e. some often times spend almost all of the allowances on transportation and the process of redeployment is too tedious.
⦁ Beneficiaries complained about the fact that they’ve not received their tablet/device.
⦁ Some beneficiaries are not being visited at their places of deployment by N-SIP officials.
⦁ Some new beneficiaries complained about late payment of stipends.
⦁ Lack of mechanized farm implements to execute farm operations.
⦁ Beneficiaries made general complaints about non-payment of December 2016 payment.

Some of the major challenges highlighted by the beneficiaries at Moro Local Government Area include the following: 

⦁ Beneficiary’s distance from their local government of residence to their various places of deployment and the process of redeployment is difficult.
⦁ Lack of adequate farm equipment.
⦁ Lack of regular visit and monitoring from the N-SIP official.
⦁ Low quality devices were given and some beneficiaries have not been given the device.
⦁ There’s no effective monitoring of beneficiaries.
⦁ Beneficiaries made a general complaint about non-payment of December 2016 payment.
⦁ N-Tech beneficiary complained about lack of payment since they’ve been deployed.

Key recommendations for the program:

⦁ The timely visitation and monitoring of the N-SIP officials to beneficiaries place of deployment will boost morale and also curb beneficiary’s absence from duties.
⦁ The Federal Government should consider an upward review on the stipends if possible.
⦁ The Federal Government should consider retention and permanent appointment for outstanding beneficiaries because some facilities and understaffed and the work of the N-Power beneficiaries are filling in the gaps at such places as well as the N-Health beneficiaries as some health centres visited complained about being understaffed.
⦁ Prompt payment of backlogs of stipend for affected beneficiaries.
⦁ Prompt payment of allowances to boost their morale and performance.
⦁ Improvement of the various training facilities and materials.
⦁ Deployment of beneficiaries according to their area of interest as this would improve their productivity.
⦁ Employment of more beneficiaries to health facilities as a couple of hospitals visited needs more staff.

Conclusion and Recommendation from TPMs

⦁ The timely visitation and monitoring by the N-SIP officials to beneficiaries place of deployment will boost morale and also curb beneficiary’s absence from duties.
⦁ The Federal Government should consider an upward review on the allowances if possible.
⦁ The Federal Government should consider permanent appointment for beneficiaries because some facilities lack staff and the work of the N-Power beneficiaries are filling in the gaps at such places as well as the N-Health beneficiaries as most health centres visited complained about being understaffed.
⦁ Improvement of the various training facilities and materials.
⦁ Deployment of beneficiaries according to their area of interest as this would improve their productivity.
⦁ Introduction of a clearance system from head of facilities to make beneficiaries respond to their duties effectively.
⦁ Prompt payment of stipends for beneficiaries.
⦁ Provision of devices for beneficiaries as promised.

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