Beta Edu speaking at the ceremony
In line with President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda, the Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Betta Edu, has announced new cluster heads under the National Social Safety Net Programme (NSSNP).
Speaking while addressing management and staff of the cluster programmes in Abuja on Monday, the Minister said the changes became necessary to give new energy and sense of direction with desired results as there is no tolerance for excuse or failure.
This was contained in a press release by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Minister, Rasheed Olanrewaju Zubair.
Edu said the N-power and other Social Safety-Nets programmes were rolled out to create jobs and not pains for Nigerians, reminding them that their appointments is under probation for a period of six months.
“Every day, you must be out on the field achieving results. Nigerians are waiting. We have zero tolerance for inefficiency, excuses, and failure. We need results and verifiable results,” Edu said warning that anyone who performed below expectations would be replaced and all of them should go to the field where the poor people live and not sit in their air-conditioned offices in Abuja.
The Minister explained that with over 70 million extremely poor who are living below 1.95 cents per day, it was clear that the old strategies must give way to a practical and acceptable approach in line with the vision of the President.
“The priority under the Renewed Hope Agenda aims at lifting 133 million Nigerians out of multi-dimensional poverty. We are restructuring the programs under the National Social investment Programme to bring speed and realignment to the new mandate. Some program implementation has been delayed for two years; things must change and be done differently to get better results”, she said.
Continuing, she said; “beneficiaries of the programme must be willing to sign full disclosure, so they are verifiable by anyone.We need to be more effective, imbibe private sector mentality, be flexible and have a team spirit mentality.
“NSIP and other programmes will be expanded. Names of the programmes will be changed…We are changing the model. We are changing implementation strategy, and we need to make it work at all cost. I will not hesitate to change anyone underperforming until the result is given”, she stated.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Hon Abel Enitan commended the Minister for her foresight for the Renewed Hope Agenda.
Enitan assured the Minister of the support of the ministry’s staff and top management officers to actualize the set objectives.