The Chairman, Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, Hon. Wahab Alawiye-King has underscored the importance of Monitoring and Evaluation in the success of the Federal Government school feeding programme.
He said this at the commencement of training and workshop programme organised for the Independent Monitors in Lagos State at the weekend.
He said that the successes recorded by the State Government during the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme, domesticated by the State Government, being one of the branches of the federal government’s Social Investment Programmes was achieved by monitoring and evaluation team.
He maintained that the programme would have failed but for the constant support received from the federal government through the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development (FMHADMSD).
He also appreciated the Independent Monitors for not getting discouraged despite some challenges faced when carrying out their duties, assuring that the government is aware of the challenges and efforts are being made to address them.
Earlier the Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Mrs. Yetunde Arobieke has commended the selflessness of Independent Monitors of the various federal government-initiated social welfare programmes in Lagos State, describing them as important partners in the area of wealth creation, poverty alleviation and empowerment.
The Commissioner stated this in her address at the commencement of a training and workshop programmeorganised for the Independent Monitors in Lagos State where Certificates of Participation were presented to them to appreciate their involvement in the implementation of the various social intervention programmes of the federal government.
Speaking at the event held recently at SUBEB Hall, Maryland, Lagos, the Commissioner advised the Independent Monitors to value the Certificates as it provide an edge for them over their contemporaries in seeking full employment opportunities in the future.
She told them to continue to contribute their quota towards the realisation of the government’s vision of addressing poverty and increasing economic development through the various National Social Investment Programmes (NSIP) initiated under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Commissioner averred that the Independent Monitors are very critical in assessing the impacts of the NSIP in tackling poverty and hunger across the country and in providing feedback to the government on the effect of the social investment programmes such that a review can be undertaken by the government where necessary.
“Let me convey the sincere appreciation of our Governor, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu to every one of you. Here in Lagos, we value your immense contribution to this programmeestablished to ensure a more equitable distribution of resources to vulnerable populations, including children, youth, and women in our dear State”, the Commissioner added.
The representative of NISP at the event, Mr. Sehu Idris said that the certificates presented to the participants is a recognition from the federal government for the engagement of some of the Independent Monitors who had served the government for one to two years.
He acknowledged the cooperation and support from the Lagos State Government, particularly the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment in the area of implementation and in bringing the NISP closer to the people of Lagos State.