Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq, has cautioned Nigerians to stop the blame game and take up the challenges of building a virile nation for the younger generation.
She stated this on Saturday at the distribution of engagement letters and tablets to 60 trained independent monitors of National Social Investment Project in Gombe.
She was represented at the event by her technical adviser and team leader for North East, Group Captain Sadiq Shehu (retired).
She stated that it has become necessary for every Nigerian to take up the responsibility of failure or success at the micro leadership level rather than passing it to the governor of a state or president.
The Minister stated that the moment Nigerians begin to succeed in their small leadership role, the better for the country.
“Sometimes we are our greatest enemies. The President cannot be in every village to ensure that the pupils in schools get the school feeding; the minister for Humanitarian Affairs cannot do that, even I in my small capacity cannot do it.
“So what we do is to find people within the communities and saddle them with the responsibility of monitoring the programmes. Therefore if any community fails to get their own share of the Federal Government initiatives, it’s the fault of the local monitor who is part of that Community.
“So I am calling on them not to collude with anyone to sabotage the programme. Any provider of food or services that does not perform will be removed based on the report of these monitors. But there is always the possibility of finding someone colluding down the line.
“So we tell them this is their own chance of also being the president in their small environment. Therefore, they should not abuse the trust reposed in them.”