Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadia Umar Farouq said efforts are ongoing to strengthen and institutionalize the Home-grown School Feeding Programme
A statement signed by Adeyemo Felicia, Chief information officer to the Minister disclosed this in Lokoja, yesterday, during the Commencement of verification exercise for beneficiaries in the state.
The verification exercise which kicked off at the LGEA school Lokongoma and LGEA School, Ganaja Village was simultaneously carried out across the state.
” Our mission is to verify the date and to scale up the program for effective implementation. The program is on course in Kogi State, and we can say ‘so far so good.
Farouq who was represented by her Team leader for Kogi State Special Assistant on special needs, Mr. Danjuma Atta said that the ongoing enumeration was part of the efforts being made to institutionalize the program.
According to her, the enumeration was embarked upon to verify the existing data of the benefitting pupils on the program as provided by each state government.
“She said that the enumeration will help the ministry to update the database of the benefitting pupils.
Farouq further stated that the accurate data that will be generated will ultimately help the government to scale up the program so as to reach more beneficiaries
“The Minister said she was in the state to monitor the enumeration exercise based on the data received from the state government.
Farouq said that the enumeration exercise will henceforth be on yearly basis to reflect new enrollments happening every new session.
”We intend to maintain an accurate database that will serve us better in our planning, and improve the transparency of the program,” She said.
Program Manager, school feeding program in the state, Hajia Khadijah Karibo said that 177,604 pupils in primary one to three are currently benefitting from the program in the state.
She explained that the pupils were selected from 2,013 public primary schools across the 21 local government areas in the state.
Karibo said that 2,908 caterers were engaged to cook and supply foods to the pupils, saying that all the schools were directed to adhere strictly to the menu lists provided by the government.
However, She said that 660 of the caterers have not been receiving their salaries from the Federal Government, saying that efforts were being made to correct this.
The Programme Manager lauded the Federal Government
for the initiative, saying that it has been of tremendous benefits to the caterers, farmers, and the pupils.
The Special Adviser to the governor on the social investment program, Mr. AbdulKarim Onekehi said that the program has recorded tremendous success in the state.
He said that the program had led to an increment in enrolment figures in public primary schools.
The Special Adviser also stated that the state government had been providing logistics for its successful implementation.