From Okwe Obi, Abuja
The federal government has engaged with stakeholders to enumerate beneficiaries of the national local school feeding program in Ogun and Kaduna states.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq recalled that the program was initiated to encourage children to seek education.
The Minister was represented by the Director of Human Resources Management of the Ogun State Ministry, Bababtunde Jaji.
In a statement yesterday by her special advisor for strategic communications, Halima Oyelade, she said: “President Muhammadu Buhari has decided to take innovative, proactive and decisive measures to combat the effects of absolute poverty and its consequences. .
“Following careful consultation and research, he launched the NSIP, which is made up of four unique clusters that are integrated to deliver maximum impact.
“With over 100,000 employed cooks and over 100,000 smallholder farmers participating in this value chain, the NHGSFP has serious potential for socio-economic development and needs to be strengthened, extended and supported nationally. “
In his response, Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun, represented by State Government Secretary Tokunbo Talabi, praised the ministry’s efforts to help the less privileged in the country and also assured the State support visit team to endure the success of the enumeration exercise and school feeding program.
In Kaduna state where the minister carried out the same exercise, she noted that the government had taken the initiative to obtain accurate data on students, cooks and food suppliers.
Represented by the deputy director of human resources management of the ministry, Dabo Tijjani, she explained that the national social investment programs, namely Npower, conditional cash transfers (CCT), the national local school feeding program (NHGSFP) and Government Enterprise and Empowerment (GEEP) were all purposefully designed to specifically target sections of vulnerable Nigerians, including youth, the elderly, widows, the poorest of the poor, children and micro-entrepreneurs.
“More than 9 million students receive one free nutritious meal per day during the school year across the country.
According to the minister, “the ministry now has a mandate to reach 5 million additional students by 2023,” she said.
Kaduna State Governor Mallam Nasiru El-Rufai, represented by State Government Secretary Balarabe Lawal, praised the ministry for the bold step to strengthen the NHGSFP, adding that the state is ready to cooperate with the federal government to make the program a success.
He assured the ministry and the stakeholders of the readiness of his State to provide all the support necessary to collect all the necessary and precise data for a better implementation of the program in the State.