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Adeyanju urges Tinubu to restore N-SIPA programmes to alleviate economic hardship

Adeyanju says failure to take urgent measures by the president to cushion the effects of the hardship may lead to mass protests across the country.

Adeyanju Deji, Convener Concerned Nigerians. [PG]

In a press statement on Thursday, February 8, 2024, the activist said the recent protests in Kano and Minna underscored the gravity of the situation, adding that the president needed to take urgent and decisive action to address the problems.

It would be recalled that the president in January suspended all intervention programmes by the National Social Investment Programme Agency (N-SIPA) following the alleged financial malfeasance by Halima Shehu, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the agency.

The four suspended programmes are N- Power, Conditional Cash Transfer Programme, Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme and Home Grown School Feeding Programme.

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Appealing to the president, Adeyanju said while the suspension of the programmes was initiated as part of the ongoing investigation into the allegations against Shehu, the president should recognise the dire consequences of the continued suspension on the lives of ordinary citizens.

Adeyanju further empathized that President Tinubu’s concerns regarding operational lapses and improprieties surrounding payments to the program beneficiaries are valid.

He also urged the president to explore alternative avenues for the management of these programs, such as involving religious bodies, including churches, mosques, and traditional rulers.

According to him, this would help the government to mitigate the risk of political interference and ensure that funds are utilized transparently and efficiently, reaching the intended beneficiaries.

“It is imperative to recognize that Nigeria is currently sitting on a time bomb of hardships, banditry, insecurity, and kidnapping. The cumulative effect of these challenges has pushed our nation to the brink,” he said.

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He said if urgent measures are not taken to cushion the effects of the hardship, mass protests may erupt across the country, adding that the protests may lead to a serious revolution.

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