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The House of Representatives, on Tuesday, made good its promise to regulate the social welfare and intervention programmes, with a bill already listed for second reading.

The proposal is titled ‘A Bill for an Act to Establish National Social Investments Trust Fund to Alleviate Poverty among Vulnerable Nigerian Citizens through Targeted Programmes for the Aged, Infirmed, Unemployed and Students; and for Related Matters.’

The National Social Investment Programmes are currently domiciled with the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

Although the bill was listed for second reading on Wednesday, it was, along with other items on the Order Paper, stepped down till Wednesday for consideration.

The bill was sponsored by the 33-year-old lawmaker representing Darazo/Ganjuwa Federal Constituency in Bauchi State.

The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, had earlier May 2020 said the parliament would soon introduce a bill that would define who is a poor Nigerian, to benefit from the Federal Government’s NSIPs.

He had stated that the move is to legalize the NSIPs and codify the programmes.

Gbajabiamila, while speaking at an online interactive session (webinar) organized by the Emmanuel Chapel on May 29, 2020, had stated that the House was now ready to review the SIPs and set the conditions to determine the poor.

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