President Bola Tinubu has given the green light for the creation of a Special Presidential Panel (SPP) headed by the Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance, Mr. Wale Edun. This directive comes on the heels of the suspension of all administered social investment programs by the National Social Investment Programme Agency, including the school-feeding program, as part of an ongoing investigation into alleged malfeasance within the agency.
In a statement released by the Director of Information, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Segun Imohiosen, the suspension was attributed to the need for a comprehensive review of the financial frameworks and policy guidelines governing social investment programs. The President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, shared further details in a statement titled ‘President Tinubu establishes special presidential panel on social investment programmes.’
The SPP, chaired by Wale Edun, is designed to ensure a multi-disciplinary approach to the reform effort and includes members such as the Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Prof. Ali Pate; Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, Abubakar Bagudu; Minister of Information and National Orientation, Muhammad Idris; Minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy, Bosun Tijjani; and Minister of State for Youth, Ayodele Olawande.
Tinubu expressed optimism that the panel would restore public confidence in these critical programs, ushering in a new era of operation characterized by open and accountable governance frameworks. The President emphasized the importance of frameworks that are resilient to abuse and incompetence, benefiting disadvantaged households nationwide.