FG Feeds Over N6m Pupils In 20 States

Over 246 million (246,355,190) meals has been served to date to primary pupils across 20 states in the country, since the first meal served in December 2016 under the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP).

The total figure is expected to reach 313,928,420 meals by the last week of February 2018.

Also, the School Feeding Programme now feeds 6,044,625 pupils in 33,981 public primary schools across 20 states.

more states are expected to be added to the programme this year. The NHGSFP plans to implement feeding in a total of 28 States, while it aims to link farmers to school feeding markets.

In the same vein, several milestones were recorded by the Buhari administration’s National Social Investment Programmes (NSIP) in 2017, in line with its inclusive growth plan, which includes tackling poverty and hunger, and creating jobs for Nigerians.

About 40,000 direct jobs have since been created from the School Feeding Programme across the participating states. The 20 states that have so far been covered by the NHGSFP include Anambra, Enugu, Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Ebonyi, Zamfara, Delta, Abia, Benue, Plateau, Bauchi, Taraba, Kaduna, Akwa-Ibom, Cross River, Imo, Jigawa, Niger, and Kano.

Also, in 2017, the school feeding programme collaborated with the Federal Ministry of Health to deliver an integrated deworming programme for pupils in all public primary schools classes 1 to 6 across 17 states nationwide.

Meanwhile, the School Feeding programme now has a social media-based quality assurance tracking system, #TrackWithUs, ensuring that required standards for menu for pupils and meal distribution are adhered to across the states in a transparent manner.

Similarly, the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) has so far recorded over 280,000 beneficiaries in 21 states, while about 300,000 Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme (GEEP) micro-credit, interest-free loans have been disbursed nationwide.

In the same vein, in 2017, the N-power scheme, which is targeted at providing jobs for unemployed young graduates, started its physical verification process for the 2017 applicants. In 2018, more beneficiaries are expected to be added to about 200,000 young graduates currently employed under the scheme.

A total of N900 billion was appropriated for the SIPs in 2016 and 2017; with N500 billion appropriated for 2016 and N400 billion appropriated for 2017.

However, the total amount released was N110 billion for 2016 and 2017, with the total expenditure of N109 billion.

Below is a breakdown of the N109 billion released between October 2016 and November 2017 for the SIPs, namely: GEEP, CCT, NHGSFP, N-power, and general expenditure.

The GEEP expenditure was N11,700,200,466, while the CCT gulped N5,235,401,087.

In the same vein, between October 2016 and November 2017, N22,370,719,017 was expended for the Home-grown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP); while N69,731,256,122 was expended on N-power, which is the Job Creation component of the SIP, during the same period.

Osun Is Leading In School Feeding Programme – O’MEALS Facilitator

The State of Osun has consistently maintained her leading position as a centre of learning to other states in Nigeria and the international community.

The State Programme Facilitator, Osun Elementary School Feeding and Health Programme (O-MEALS) , Mrs Olubunmi Ayoola made this remark at a training programme organised for health teachers across the twelve centres in the State.

Mrs Ayoola who commended the Governor of the State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for rebranding O-MEALS in the State that has attracted other states and the international communities, said deworming of school pupils has helped in both physical and intellectual development.

She urged the health teachers to take the training serious and as well help them in the administration of deworming drugs to pupils in their various schools and commended the Federal Government for the free drugs donated to all the states who are benefitting from the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme scheme.

Also speaking, the representative of Federal Ministry of Health, Mr. Tafa Tajudeen charged the participants to see the assignment as a call to duty.

In their different presentations, the resource person, Mrs Taiwo Adeniji and O-meals health Officer, Miss Bimpe Adedeji advised the participants to ensure that pupils have eaten before administering the drugs.

Highlights of the events were practical demonstration of deworming tablets, filing of registers and distribution of materials to each school.

Volunteers, Beneficiaries Hail FG On N-Power, School Feeding Programmes

Volunteers and Beneficiaries of the social intervention programmes of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration have lauded the initiative saying it is in the right direction.

They also urged the administration not to stop the programme which they said has alleviated poverty and reduced hunger to the barest minimum in the land.

Martina Okoh, a 32 year old  fod vendor of the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme from Makurdi Local Government Area of Benue State says the children are exicted about the programme with many calling for the extension of the scheme to other primary school children.

Martina who feeds 100 People at NKSC Primary School, Wadata everyday held that the school feeding has reduced hunger in the land with the children being fed properly with effective balanced diet.

Another food vendor under the NHGSFP, Hajiya Aisha Suleiman from Jalingo Local Government of Taraba State that feeds 72 pupils at Sani Undogo Memorial Primary School, Jalingo,says the food reduces hunger.

She said “Some children even have nothing to eat and it really helps them because some don’t get food to eat at home before coming to school.”

Ugo Regina from Cross River State is a beneficiary of the N-Power scheme and teaches at the Ironbar Memorial Primary School, Calabar South, Calabar, she said N-Power gives her the opportunity to use her knowledge to impact on the children.

She also spoke in glowing terms about the school feeding programme stressing that “On the school feeding project, it really helps because some children do not normally have something to eat before coming to school. It is not easy to give succor to the poor children but I thank the President for doing it.”

The three respondents urged the Federal Government not to stop the N-Power, National Elementary School Feeding Programme plus other social intervention packages but continue and broaden the horizon to ensure that more Nigerians benefit from the scheme.