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Alleged Corruption: Tinubu suspends Social Investment Programme, payments, events, others

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu

*The Federal Government explains President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s decision to suspend the National Social Investment Programme and related activities resulted from the ‘ongoing investigation of alleged malfeasance in the management of the agency and its programmes’ across Nigeria

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

The Federal Government Friday, January 12, 2024, disclosed President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has suspended all administered programmes by the National Social Investment Programme Agency (NSIPA).

Announcing the suspension in a statement Friday, Segun Imohiosen, Director of Information in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), said President Tinubu’s decision was taken due to the “ongoing investigation of alleged malfeasance in the management of the agency and its programmes.”

ConsumerConnect reports prior to his recent directive for an investigation into certain “aspects of financial activities” of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu January 2, 2024, had suspended Halima Shehu, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Social Investment Programme Agency (NSIPA).

The Nigerian Government said: “All four (4) Programmes administered by NSIPA, viz; N- Power Programme, Conditional Cash Transfer Programme, Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme and Home Grown School Feeding Programme (the “Programs”) have been suspended for a period of six weeks in the first instance.

“President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has also raised significant concerns regarding operational lapses and improprieties surrounding payments to the Programs’ beneficiaries.”

The statement also noted Tinubu constituted a ministerial panel to conduct a thorough review of the agency’s operations to recommend necessary reforms of the NSIPA.

During the period of this suspension, all NSIPA-related activities, including but not limited to all distributions, events, payments, collaborations and registrations are now frozen.

Tinubu further assured stakeholders and all Nigerians that his administration remains committed to a swift and unbiased process that will ensure that, going forward, social intervention programmes will work exactly as intended, to the benefit of the most vulnerable Nigerians.

Meanwhile, with the suspension and investigation into the allegations against Shehu, Dr. Akindele Egbuwalo, National N-POWER Programme Manager, has been appointed in an acting capacity as NC/Chief Executive Officer of NSIPA, pending the conclusion of the investigation.

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