By Shola Abayomi.
The wife of the president, Aisha Buhari, has disparaged the Social Investment Programme of President Muhammadu Buhari for failing to accomplish its objectives in Kano and other parts of the North.
Speaking in an interactive session with women as part of the presidential inauguration schedule at the State House in Abuja, Mrs Buhari also faulted the methods used in executing the conditional cash transfer component initiative.
She further questioned the amount of money spent on the purchase of mosquito nets.
“They have spent $16 million buying mosquito nets. I did not get it, but maybe some people have gotten it. I didn’t get it. But I feel that, that’s my personal opinion, $16 million is enough to fumigate Nigeria,” she said.
The wife of the president reiterated that the SIP achieved below her expectations.
She said, “I was expecting the social investment programme, N500 billion to be utilised in a different method; in order to achieve the aim. But I don’t know the method they used.
“Most of the Northern States did not get the money. I don’t know – my state didn’t get the money. I don’t know if your state got the money.
“In my state, one local government benefitted from it, out of 22 local governments. I didn’t ask what happened and I don’t want to know.
“For it to fail woefully in Kano is not a good sign.”