Blessing Akpakpan, Abuja
The federal government through the federal ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development has concluded plan to include the internally displaced persons and out of school children to the National Home Grown School Feeding programme (NHGSFP).
The Team Lead of the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme, NHGSFP, Aishatu Digil who disclosed this on Monday during a one day workshop for the disbursement modalities to review the cost of feeding of the NHGSFP that currently the ministry is Feeding 9,990,862 children in 35 State and the Federal Capital Territory.
Digil said, “now with the introduction of the alternate school feeding program, the federal government is also going to be feeding children who are not in the conventional school, like those in the IDP camp setting, or children who are out of school roaming about, so the federal government is actually doing a lot while pleading the states government to do their part so that we can create a better space for our children, she said.
According to her, “the school feeding program is meeting its objective in encouraging parents or families to send their children to school because to the low income earning families the one meal per day means a lot to them since their children would not have to go school on empty stomach , so we believe that it actually help and will continually increase school enrollment.
“we must hold the state also responsible for the implementation just as we hold ourselves responsible in making sure that its been implemented base on design, so that’s why you heard that 9.9million children, each states have number of pupils they are feeding, also base on the population of the primary school”.
She charged the state government to pay more attention to the vendors, suppliers and all actors that they engage, adding the federal government is expecting a lots more compliance from actors in the value chain, and also expecting the state government to leave up to it bargain by feeding primary 4,5 and 6 because under this arrangement federal government is to feed primary 1,2 and 3, she explained.
She said during the meeting which was targeted at reforms in the areas of poor practices, where we have identified gaps, so as to collect and collate the inputs from various stakeholders so that the next feeding cycle which start shortly this month we would be able to role out the school feeding program with the reviewed N100 per child per meal and also the reviewed disbursements modalities, she said.
In the same vein, The national Resource Person, National Social Investment Programme, Dr Umar Bindir said the program is to demonstrate that national investment Programme is not literally, the responsibility of the federal ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, but a corporate engagement with stakeholders for the implementation strategy that’s why it is national.
Bindir noted that the Minister has listen to the yearning of teacher from the cooks and producers of food materials on the cost increase in producing this food and by implication in providing the food for the children.
“Mr president has approved the cost of school Feeding from N70 to N100 so to implement the procedures of deploying the extra N30 naira in the effective feeding of school children, it is absolutely necessary to consult with stakeholders here we have the consultation doing on.