Mrs Maryam Uwais, the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Protection Plan, says the government was facing the challenge of contacting poor people in Nigeria.
She said this in an interactive programme with members of civil society groups on Wednesday in Abuja.
According to Uwais, state governments are one of the major challenges confronting the N-Power programme designed by the Federal Government in reaching out to the poor particularly those at the grassroots.
“The challenge in reaching out to the poor people is one of the biggest challenge confronting the Federal Government, the people in the state have interest in the N-Power project.
“Instead of submitting the names of the right people who need the empowerment to this project in their various states, they submitted only names of their people especially those they have interest on.
“When the Federal Government releases the money for the N-Power project, where the major problem always come from is the state,’’ she alleged.
Uwais, however, called on CSOs to use their power in bringing about the change in the mind of leaders at the state and local levels.