All programmes administered by the National Social Investment Programme Agency (NSIPA) have been put on hold following allegations of sleaze, according to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF).

This development yesterday came 11 days after the National Coordinator and CEO of NSIPA,Hajiya Halima Shehu, was suspended by President Bola Tinubu over alleged financial misconduct.

The Director of Information in the OSGF, Mr.Segun Imohiosen said yesterday that the suspension of the programmes stemmed from the ongoing investigation of alleged malfeasance in the management of the agency and its programmes.

All the four programmes under agency, including N-Power, the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT), Government Enterprise and Empowerment, as well as the Home Grown School Feeding, have all been suspended for an initial six weeks period.

“All four (4) programmes administered by NSIPA, viz; N- Power Programme, Conditional Cash Transfer Programme, Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme and Home Grown School Feeding Programme (the “Programs”) have been suspended for a period of six (6) weeks in the first instance.

“President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has also raised significant concerns regarding operational lapses and improprieties surrounding payments to the Programs’ beneficiaries.

“He has therefore constituted a ministerial panel to conduct a thorough review of the Agency’s operations with a view to recommending necessary reforms of the NSIPA.

During the period of this suspension, all NSIPA-related activities, including but not limited to all distributions, events, payments, collaborations and registrations are now frozen.

“The President wishes to assure the stakeholders and all Nigerians that his administration remains committed to a swift and unbiased process that will ensure that, going forward, social intervention programmes will work exactly as intended, to the benefit of the most vulnerable Nigerians”, the statement said.

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