The Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Investment, Maryam Uwais, has responded to Mrs. Aisha Buhari criticism of SIP.
The president’s wife had criticized the N500billion Social Investment Programme introduced by her husband’s administration, saying that huge amount was budgeted for it, but it failed woefully especially in the north.
Mrs. Buhari also said that she was promised that 30,000 women would benefit in Adamawa State, but however, only one local government area out of the 22 in her state benefited, adding that there’s nothing to show.
Speaking about Maryam, the president’s wife had said; “The SSA to the president on social investment is a lady from Kano and I’m sure that my husband decided to put somebody from Kano because of the population and political impact it made. I have never asked how the money is used or being given out.”
However, according to Maryam who spoke on Channels TV, contrary to Mrs. Buhari’s statement, over 290,000 persons have benefited from the SIP in her home state, Adamawa.
Her husband’s aide further noted that the conditional cash transfer programme under SIP is currently ongoing in 12 LGAs in Adamawa, adding that 12 LGAs in the state are beneficiaries of similar project under SIP too.
She also said that there are over 11,000 graduates recruited under the programme in Adamawa State.
Read below in parts, the transcript from her interview on Channels TV;
“I believe that if she were to listen to the information they have there, if she were to check on our data, she would be able to track all the beneficiaries.
“Yes, she may not have met them. But we are in 12 local governments for the cash transfer. And we are also in 12 LGAs for the loans. So, I think we have at least 290,000 beneficiaries directly that we are paying in Adamawa state.”
“I’m saying that we have over 11,000 graduates recruited and working in her home state. We have non-graduates, 440; we started the school feeding programme in October 2018, we are in 1,054 public primary schools,” she said on Channels TV.