- Senator Ali Ndume has called for proper implementation of budget allocation for SIP
- Ndume gave the advice on Thursday, January 28, in Abuja
- The APC chieftain, however, noted that the government's investment in SIP is yet to be felt
Former Senate leader, Ali Ndume, has berated President Muhammadu Buhari for his handling of Social Intervention Programme (SIP).
Punch reports that Ndume, who is the chairman, Senate committee on Army, on Thursday, January 28, said there was nothing on the ground to show for the huge budgetary allocation made by the federal government towards its SIP in the 2020 budget.
Legit.ng gathered that the senator, on the implementation of the 2021 budget, tasked the youths and all the intended beneficiaries of the N729bn social intervention funds to hold government agencies accountable.
He said that unless the civil society groups and the media “followed the money” by asking questions on the disbursement of the funds, the aim would be defeated.
“Sincerely, President Buhari has done his bit. No government has done this much for the youth. But, the beneficiaries must ask the right question of where the money is with a view to accessing them.
“The president has signed the 2021 budget into law and it contains a lot for the youths especially and the poor. As observed in last year’s N13trn budget, which was the highest level of implementation so far, we cannot see it on ground."
He urged the youth to follow their money and ensure that the budget is not only implemented but that there is evidence on the ground to show that it is actually implemented to the benefit of the people.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Uba Sani foundation in partnership with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) organised a two-day sensitization programme for critical stakeholders across the seven local government areas of Kaduna Central senatorial district.
It was reported that the Senator Uba Sani wanted the people of his constituency in particular and the north in general to avail themselves of the opportunities offered by the federal government's Social Intervention Programmes (SIP).