The Citizens Center for Integrated Development and Social Rights (CCIDESOR), as Third-Party Monitor (TPM) on the Conditional Cash Transfer program of NASSP/Worldbank, has embarked on familiarization visits of six local government areas of Awka North, Ayamelum, Anambra West, Ihiala, Orumba South and Dunukofia to understand the environment and those she will work with for smooth running of the program to achieve effectiveness and efficiency of monitoring. 

During the familiarization visits, the Desk Officers (DOs), SOCU, SCTU, Community Technical Facilitators, communities and wards were visited. We witnessed the capturing of some beneficiaries of the Top-Up/Co-Responsibility scheme of the project. The familiarization visits were successful in some areas, while in some, given that some beneficiaries were not around as at the time of the visitation much was not achieved. The CTFs were friendly and showed willingness to assist in the process having been briefed on the role of the TPM, being partners in the process and progress of the project.

 The visitation afforded the Team Lead, Igwe Chidi, LGA Technical Facilitators (Chigozie Uzosike, Jude Ebube, Anita Udeh and M&E, Nnaemeka Onyejiuwa) the Data Assistant the opportunity to interact and know the location of some wards/communities and met some beneficiaries and elicited their feelings about the NASSP. In the course of the familiarization visits, we were privy to the existence of Cooperative Society being entered into by the beneficiaries to enable them save more money to grow whatever business they have chosen for themselves.

In a bid to ensure the effectiveness of the Conditional Cash Transfer of Federal Government- World Bank Supported National Social Safety Nets Project (NASSP) targeted at the Poor and Vulnerable Households (PVHHs) in Nigeria, the Citizens Center for Integrated Development and Social Rights (CCIDESOR) as Third-Party Monitor went out to monitor the effectiveness of the program.

CCIDESOR who is the Third-Party Monitor (TPM) has taken the cycle monitoring to the six local government areas in Awka North, Ayamelum, Dunukofia, Orumba South, Anambra West and Ihiala of Anambra State where it conducted focus group discussion and administered ODK directly to the beneficiaries to ascertain their level of awareness, perception and satisfaction around the program.

To ensure comprehensive monitoring, Chidi Igwe (Team Lead) went to Dunukofia for the monitoring, Chigozie Uzosike (LGA Technical Facilitator) monitored Orumba South, Nnaemeka Onyejiuwa (Monitoring and Evaluation, M&E) and Jude Ebube (LGA Technical Facilitator), moved to Anambra West and Ayamelum, Anita Udeh (LGA Technical Facilitator) monitored in Awka North while all the Team went to Ihiala LGA

The National Social Safety Nets Project (NASSP) was conceived as part of the Federal Government of Nigeria’s (FGN) larger growth inclusivity and social inclusion policy aimed at addressing key social challenges facing the country. One of these challenges is poverty. Based on 2012/2013 estimates, poverty stood at an elevated level of 33.1 per cent of the population. This translates to around 58 million Nigerians living in poverty.  Many Nigerians are also found to be clustering around the poverty line because of their engagement in vulnerable jobs that make them susceptible to shocks that could make them fall back into poverty.

The National Social Safety Nets Project (NASSP) is a pioneer FGN social safety nets programme which is supported by the World Bank that aims to provide financial support to targeted poor and vulnerable Nigerian households through the National Social Safety Nets System.