Aisha Buhari Lambasts Husband’s Social Investment Programme
Says Programme Made No Impact
The Wife of Nigeria’s president, Aisha Buhari, yesterday launched a ferocious attack on federal government’s much celebrated Social Investment Programme (SIP), describing it as a failure, particularly in the Northern part of the country.
Aisha made this allegation while having an interactive session with women in the Presidential Villa.
She said even though the manager of the programme, Mrs. Maryam Uwais, who is a Senior Special Assistant to the President on Social Investment Programme (SIP), hails from Kano State, the programme is also a failure in her state.
Aisha said she had kept quiet before now to avoid being accused of raising alarm.
She also described the programme as equally a failure in her own state of Adamawa, where according to her, only one of the existing 22 local governments has so far benefitted from the programme.
Mrs. Buhari queried how the whooping N500 billion budgeted for the programme is being spent.
She also said the conditional cash transfer arm of the programme is not getting to the target beneficiaries as promised by the All Progressives Congress (APC) during its electioneering campaign.
She also alleged that the promise made to her by an aide of the president that N30,000 women in Adamawa State would be given N10,000 had remained a farce as the promise is never fulfilled.
Her words: “Concerning the N500 billion voted for SIP, that was part of 2015 campaigns where they promised to give out N10,000, feed pupils in primary schools and give N5,000 to the poorest of the poor.
“The SSA to the president on social investment is a lady from Kano and I’m sure that my husband decided to put somebody from Kano because of the population and political impact it made.
“I have never asked how the money is being used or is being given out.
“I met barrister (one of the president’s aides on SIP) once and he promised me that for my state (Adamawa), we should get 30,000 women to be given N10,000.
“Up till now, I haven’t heard from him.
“I don’t want to raise alarm that my state does not benefit from it – where SGF came from.
“I kept quiet because I don’t want people to say that I talk too much.
“Recently, I saw a 74-year-old man selling petty things in Kano. I asked him how much is his capital. He told me between N3,000 and N4,000.
“Don’t forget that we have campaigned to give the poorest of the poor, N5,000 every month.
“So I don’t know where the social investment is. Maybe, it worked out in some states.
“In my own state, only a local government benefited out of the 22. I didn’t ask what happened and I don’t want to know but for it to fail woefully in Kano, it’s not a good sign and it’s not a good thing.
“We have a lot of women that do business locally. Due to the cultural thing in the North, they are at home doing their businesses.
“Some are millionaires. Some have thousands of naira. They need the assistance but they do not get it.
“Most Northern women do not belong to any market association
“I was expecting that N500 billion to be utilised in different methods in the north for the aim to be achieved.
“I don’t know the method they used but most of the northern states do not get it. My state did not get.”
Mrs. Buhari who stated that the programme might have worked well in places where there are market associations, added that she had expected a different approach to be employed in the North.