Tinubu sets up panel to probe, reform suspended N-Power, school feeding, other NSIPA programmes

A special panel to probe and reposition the suspended N-Power, school feeding and other National Social Investment Programmes Agency (NSIPA) programmes has been set up.

The 6-man panel comprising of “ministers representing strategic sectors and will ensure a multi-disciplinary approach to the reform effort,” were handpicked by President Bola Tinubu and will be led by the Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance Wale Edun, presidential spokesman, Ajuri Ngalale, announced on Saturday in a statement.

The federal government had announced the suspension of the NSIPA on Friday over alleged malfeasance in the management of the agency and its programmes.

“This Special Presidential Panel is tasked with immediately undertaking a comprehensive review and audit of existing financial frameworks and policy guidelines of the social investment programmes with a view to implementing a total re-engineering of the financial architecture of the programmes with detailed modification to procedures guiding the programmes’ implementation moving forward,” Mr Ngalale said.

“President Tinubu anticipates that this Special Presidential Panel will validate the confidence reposed in it by winning back all lost public confidence in these vital programmes over the years by ushering in a new era of operation based on open and accountable governance frameworks that will prove impervious to abuse and incompetence for the exclusive benefit of disadvantaged households across our nation,” the statement added.

Members of the panel are listed below:

  1. Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance – Chairman
  2. Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare – Member
  3. Honourable Minister of Budget and Economic Planning – Member
  4. Honourable Minister of Information and National Orientation – Member
  5. Honourable Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy – Member
  6. Honourable Minister of State for Youth – Member