ABUJA—Nigeria’s Presidential Delivery Unit, today announced the findings from its recent national survey on the awareness of the Federal Government’s Social Investment Programmes (N-SIPs).
The survey, which included respondents from three randomly selected local governments in each state of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory, had a sample size of over 6,000 Nigerians who shared their perception and experience of the current administration’s social welfare efforts.
Conducted by the PDU’s Research Survey Unit, the National Survey on the Awareness of Social Investment Programmes has found that while national awareness of each programme is above 50%, N-Power – focused on job creation and employment, at an astounding 81.3%, is the most popular programme by a significant margin.
While the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (66.3%) and the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (67.4%) are equally popular at the national level, just 53.1% of respondents are aware of the Conditional Cash Transfer programme.
“What we find most interesting, apart from the relatively high level of awareness of the Social Investment Programmes, is that respondents almost universally – that is, about 9 out of 10 Nigerians, believe that the programmes are very good initiatives, even when asked if they would prefer the government to use the money for other programmes,” expressed Mr. Tunde Osibamowo, Head of the Presidential Delivery Unit. “This indicates that Nigerians as a people support the government’s provision of direct help to the poor, vulnerable and elderly.”
Surprisingly, the results show that the programmes are most popular in the northern states, especially in the North-West, with the highest average awareness of 73.8%. The programmes are least popular in the South-South and South-East, where average awareness is 63.8% and 62.1% respectively.
It was further noted that in each of the six geo-political zones, average collective awareness of all N-SIPs is over 60%. As with programme awareness at the zonal level, collective support of the programmes is strongest in the North-West and North-Central at 95.9% and 92.4% respectively. In the other zones, average support ranges from 88.8% to 90.8%.
The collective PDU survey findings, according to the PDU Communications Advisor, Temitayo Dada, will provide policy makers and programme implementers with detailed data to support critical decision-making and programme impact assessments.
More importantly, these results will stimulate nation-wide discourse on the government’s role in socio-economic development in Africa’s most populous nation.