From Yakubu Busari, Jos
Mr Miri SIP and a cross section of participants
Mr Jangkam Miri, the Chairman of Local Government Coordinators in Plateau State has accused 17 Local Government Chairmen of frustrating the Social Investment Programme, SIP, of the Federal Government, in the state.
Miri who is also the Desk Officer of SIP Langtang North decried the frustration as the main obstacle toward the success of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT), a component of the Social Investment Programme (SIP) and an initiative of the Federal Government aimed at boosting productivity, especially amongst the marginalized and the vulnerable including women.
Mr Miri made this disclosure at a 2-Day training workshop for facilitators on Hard Co-Responsibility Activities on Tuesday in Jos South LGA.
Miri expressed disappointment over the lukewarm attitude and inadequate attention of Council Chairmen given to the scheme.
According to him, “The truth of the matter is that the synergy with the Local Government Chairmen has not been smooth. The Chairmen need sensitization on the programme because it’s like they are not well informed about it”.
“For instance, the local government I am assisting ( Langtang North), does not attached any responsibility to the programme yet the beneficiaries are people under them”, she said.
He advised that sensitization training should also be organized for the Council Chairmen for them to know the significant of this activity.
“The truth is that if the Chairmen can contribute 0.5 per cent of their time to this programme, it would greatly enhanced the success of this activity and bridge the gap between the rich and the poor which is the main target”, Miri said
He said that the Co-Responsibility activity is a component of the CCT stressing that it is one of the added activity by the Federal Government which Plateau selected health activity out of others like Education, Environment and Nutrition.
Other participants and Mrs Saida, an SIP desk officer in the state
Miri said that Plateau state Government chose health as its area of Co -Responsibility implies that poor and Vulnerable Households with pregnant women, lactating mothers and children 0-5 years enjoy a top of additional #5,000 in addition to the basic cash transfer for CCT beneficiaries.
He further emphasized that the component is subdivided into two ( Soft and Hard components).
He said that the beneficiaries of the soft components have already been trained on how to keep their homes and environments clean as well as how to utilize farm produce within their environments to improve their diets and wellbeing.
The Chairman of SIP Facilitators further hinted that the 2- Day training programme which ended on Wednesday was for the facilitators to enhanced their capacity on Hard Co- responsibility.
He said: “The training is aimed at enhancing the capacity of facilitators for a further step down of the knowledge to beneficiaries of the soft components on access to healthcare services such as; pre-natal, post – natal and immunization as well as monitoring them to see how they are complying with these activities with the aim of reducing mother and child mortality rate in Plateau state”.
The Chairman said the programme is one of the most transparent in terms of selection of beneficiaries because the mode of selection is community based devoid of sentiments, be it political, ethnic or religious adding that it was exactly how they generated and processed the Data they are using for the activity.
Attempts to get the reaction of the ALGON Chairman in the state, Hon. Ezekiel Vondip proved abortive as his phone was switched off.
However, his deputy, Hon. Chindo Gona, who is also the Chairman of Bassa local government responded to the allegation.
He said SIP would not get the cooperation of Local Government Chairmen except it is initiated officially through the Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs or through ALGON.
Rachael Afe Sule, a Facilitator and SIP Desk Officer, Jos East LGA, said the training was rewarding because it has improved her capacity saying that she would surely stepped it down to beneficiaries of the soft activities in her locality.
The Plateau State cash Transfer Unit (SCTU) for Household Uplifting Programme 2020 training attracted 88 facilitators in 6 Local Government Areas on Hard co-responsibility and case management.