Maryam Uwais, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Social Investment, has defended the federal government’s social investment programmes (SIP).
Uwais said Aisha Buhari, wife of President Muhammadu Buhari who criticised SIP, would have been able to track all beneficiaries of the project if she had access to available data.
Speaking on Channels Television, the presidential aide said 190,000 beneficiaries are currently being paid under the investment programmes.
Buhari’s wife had said the programme being coordinated by Uwais has failed in the north.
She had specifically said she was told that 30,000 women from Adamawa would benefit from the programme but nothing of such happened.
“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 used or being given out,” she had said.
“I met one of the president’s aides on SIP once and he promised me that for my state (Adamawa), N10,000 each would be given to 30,000 women but up till now, I haven’t heard from him.”
But speaking during the live programme, Uwais said Aisha spoke without the knowledge of available records on SIP.
She said, for instance, that the conditional cash transfer programme is ongoing in 12 local governments in Adamawa, while over 11,000 graduates have been recruited in a similar.