HM Sadiya Umar Farouq Week In I3 Messages - 15 June 2021

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1) On Monday, she inaugurated the board of the National Senior Citizens’ Center in Abuja. Older Persons aged 60 years and above make up 12.5% of the global population, and by 2050, that population will rise to almost 22% in sub Saharan Africa alone.

2) She therefore, used the occasion to highlight the importance of their assignment while noting that a premium should be paid to senior citizens as some of the most vulnerable members of our society.

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3) It is in recognition of this that president HE Muhammadu Buhari approved the establishment of the National Senior Citizens Centre in 2017 and subsequently signed into law the National Senior Citizens Center Act on 26th January 2018.

4) This administration has also approved the National Policy on Ageing, a working document aimed at mainstreaming emerging issues of Older Persons and also facilitating additional Laws to protect the rights and privileges of this vulnerable population.

5) That same evening the Minister played host to a delegation from the National Humanitarian Rights Commission (NHRC) during which we discussed issues of mutual concern.

6) On Tuesday she attended a virtual round table on hand in hand initiative as well as a press briefing on Npower following developments in the onboarding of Batch C.

7) On Wednesday she attended the Federal ExecutiVe Council meeting alongside other cabinet level colleagues. It was presided over by HE @Mbuhari.

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8) On Thursday she flagged off the distribution of Engagement Letters and Tablets to Trained Independent Monitors of the National Social Investment Programme. We also launched the Social Investment Management Information System (SIMIS) app.

9) We flagged off the training of 5000 Independent Monitors for the National Social Investment Programme in Abuja on Thursday 4th February 2021. The first batch of the training was carried out from the 17th February 2021 to the 27th February 2021 in 36 states and the FCT.

10) A mop up training was organized and carried out zonally from 25th March 2021 to the 1st April 2021 to provide all the Independent Monitors that missed the initial training with the opportunity to train.

11) Out of 5,000 Independent Monitors identified and shortlisted for the training, 4,452 were trained across the Country. They received their Engagement Letters and Devices on Thursday. Independent Monitors remain a critical part of our M&E strategy for the NSIP.

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12) Their scope of work is clear:

a. Routine Monitoring of all programmes under the (NSIP) in their assigned LGA.

b. Provision of an evidence based report on findings in the field.

c. Submission of various categories of reports by the set timelines.

d. Attending all training and meetings as required by #fmhdsd.

e. Other duties that may be assigned by the Ministry.

The flag off exercise will be conducted in other States of the federation in due course.

13) On Friday, she presented #fmhdsd's Capital budget of the National Medium Term Development Plan (2021 2025) to the Federal Ministry of Finance, budget, and National planning

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