“I believe that if she (Aisha Buhari) were to listen to the information they have there, if she were to check our data, she would be able to find all the beneficiaries.
“Yes, she may not have met them. But we are in 12 local government areas for the cash transfer. We are also in 12 LGAs for loans. So, I think we have, at least, 290,000 beneficiaries directly that we are paying in Adamawa State”.
With the above words, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Social Investment, Mrs. Maryam Uwais, said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife, Aisha, was wrong in her criticism of Federal Government’s Social Investment Programmes (SIP).
Speaking on Channels Television, she said Aisha would have been able to find all beneficiaries of the project if she had access to available data because about 290,000 beneficiaries from Adamawa, Aisha’s home state, were being paid under the initiative.
Buhari’s wife had said the programme being coordinated by Uwais failed in the North.
To Mrs. Uwais, the school feeding programme was also ongoing in over 1,000 public primary schools in Adamawa State and that more could have been done with more funding.
She declared: “We have over 11,000 graduates recruited and working in her home state. We have non-graduates, 440; we started the school feeding programme in October 2018, we are in 1,054 public primary schools”.