FG Targets Over 9.1 Million Pupils For School Feeding

A file photo of the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq.

 

The Federal Government on Tuesday said it is targeting over nine million pupils in public schools across Nigeria in the second phase of its school feeding programme.

Under the scheme, the pupils will receive free daily meals courtesy of the Federal Government.

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouk, made the announcement during a press briefing in Abuja.

Those to benefit will be pupils in primary one to three across 54,619 schools nationwide.

Minister Farouk discosed that one million Nigerians will also receive N5,000 for six months under the Rapid Response Register, an intervention by the Federal Government targeted at urban informal workers impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

On the N-Power programme, the Minister said 550,000 applicants qualified for the final selection of the first stream of Batch C and that another 500,000 will subsequently be engaged.

According to her, arrangement has also been concluded to empower 320,000 beneficiaries of the programme who exited batched A and B.

School Feeding Programme: EFCC Arraigns Education Secretary For Fraud

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The Sokoto Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, arraigned the Education Secretary, Sabon Birni Local Government Area of Sokoto State, Ishaka Abdullahi, before Justice Malami Umar Dogondaji of the state high court for fraud.

He was arraigned on a six-count charge, bordering on obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of N429,000.00 (Four Hundred and Twenty-Nine Thousand Naira).

Count one read of the charge read: “That you, Ishaka Abdullahi on or about the 16 November 2018 at Sabon Birni Local Government Area of Sokoto State, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did obtain the sum of N135,000.00 (One Hundred and Thirty-five Thousand Naira) from Hassi Abdullahi’s account No. 0077129142, domiciled in Union Bank Plc by false pretence, contrary to Section 1 (1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) same Act.”

He pleaded not guilty to the charge, following which prosecution counsel S. H. Sa’ad asked for a trial date and for him to be remanded in prison custody, while defence counsel, Ibrahim Abdullahi prayed the court to grant the defendant bail on the ground that he was standing trial in the same court on a different charge.

Justice Dogondaji granted the defendant bail on the same conditions that were applied in the earlier charge for which he is facing prosecution in the same court and adjourned the matter till October 12, 2020, for the commencement of trial.

Trouble started for Abdullahi following intelligence that established that the nationwide Home Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP) of the Federal Government for primary school pupils, has been hijacked by some fraudulent elements in Sabon Birni Local Government for which the Commission’s investigations revealed that one Hassi Abdullahi, who was appointed one of the cooks in the programme and had a Union Bank account number 0077129142 died on March 18, 2019, yet funds were still being channeled to her account from the HGSFP account, totaling N429,000.00 (Four Hundred and Twenty-nine Thousand Naira) which was fraudulently withdrawn.

Why FG Will Continue Feeding Programme Despite School Closure – Minister

A file photo of the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq.

 

 

The Federal Government says the School Feeding Programme will continue despite the closure of schools nationwide in order not to neglect malnourished children.

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, disclosed this while responding to questions at the national briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja on Tuesday.

According to the Minister, modalities on how free food will be distributed to children in 3million households are currently being developed and will be implemented soon.

“On the issue of malnourished children, Mr President has directed that we should continue with the Home Grown School Feeding Programme without compromising the objectives of the programme.

“We are finalising modalities to distribute food vouchers for food of up to three million households. Other modalities once finalised with approval from the President will be prioritised,” she said.

The Minister added that the Federal Government has secured support the World Food and has adopted door-to-door voucher distribution.

The school feeding programme was introduced in 2016 as part of the Social Investment Programme of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

The programme aims to support states to collectively feed over 24 million school children, which will make it the largest school feeding programme of its kind in Africa.

FG Has Spent N6bn On School Feeding Programme In 14 States – Presidency

UBE, Bayelsa State

The Federal Government has announced that a total of 14 states now benefit from the school feeding programme set up by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

In a statement by the spokesperson to Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, Laolu Akande, the Presidency also noted that it is now close to its target of feeding three million primary school children in 2017, under the National Homegrown School Feeding Programme.

“In fulfillment of its plan to ramp up the Social Investment Programmes (SIP), this year, the Buhari administration is now close to its target of feeding three million primary school children this year under the National Homegrown School Feeding Programme, one of its four ongoing SIP schemes.

“Specifically, at the last count, a total of N6,204,912,889 has been paid out to 14 states during the school year ending August 2017.

“The 14 states that have been covered under the School Feeding programme are Anambra, Enugu, Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Ebonyi, Zamfara, Delta, Abia, Benue, Plateau, Bauchi, Taraba and Kaduna.

“So far, a total of 2,827,501 school children are currently benefiting from the School Feeding Programme, which is well on course to achieve the Federal Government’s projection to feed over three million pupils this year.”

Also according to the statement, over 33,000 cooks have been employed.

“In total, 33,895 cooks have been engaged in the communities where the schools are located across the 14 states.

Below is a breakdown of the payment to each state and the number of school children being fed under the programme.

“Anambra state received a total of N693,013,300, while a total of 103,742 children have been fed thus far, with 1,009 cooks paid.

“Enugu state got a total of N 571,877,400 and 108,898 children have been fed so far, with 1,276
cooks paid.

“In Oyo State, a total of N490,296,800 was released by the FG for the feeding of 107,983 children, with 1.372 cooks engaged.

“Osun State received a total of N1,000,394,888 for the feeding of 151,438 children. A total of 2,863 cooks were engaged in the state.

“Similarly, Ogun state received a total of and N1,042,217,400 for the feeding of 231,660 Schoolchildren, while a total of 2,205 cooks were paid.

“For Ebonyi State, a total of N344,633,100 has been released for the feeding of 163,137 pupils so far, with a total of 1,453 cooks paid.

“In the same vein, Zamfara State received a total of N402,295,600 for the feeding of 107,347 schoolchildren, while 1,127 cooks were engaged.

“Delta state received a total of N225,896,300 for the feeding of 141,663 pupils. A total of 1,364 cooks were engaged in the state.

“Abia and Benue States received a total of N128,763,600 and N337,157,800 respectively to feed a total of 61,316 and 240,827 pupils respectively. In Abia State, a total of 750 cooks were engaged, while 3,344 cooks were paid in Benue state.

“Similarly, Plateau and Bauchi states received a total of N133,187,600 and N214,909,101 for the feeding of a total of 95,134 and 307,013 pupils respectively in the states. Also, 1,418 cooks have so far been engaged in Plateau state, with 3,261 in Bauchi State.

“For Taraba state, a total of N120,284,500 was paid and 171,835 pupils have thus far been fed, with a total of 2,596 cooks paid.

“Kaduna State received a total of N499,985,500 while 835,508 pupils have been fed so far. Also, a total of 9,857 cooks were paid under the programme in the state.

“More states and primary school pupils across the country are expected to benefit from the feeding programme by the time schools reopen next month for a new session,” the statement noted.

Buhari Says Goal Is To Permanently Develop Nigeria’s Assets

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Roelf Joosten and President Muhammadu Buhari

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, says the goal of his administration is to develop the nation’s assets on a permanent basis.

He decried the failure of past administrations to develop the nation’s asset, reiterating his determination to address the deficit.

President Buhari made the promise on Monday at a meeting with the Global Chief Executive Officer of Friesland Campina, the Netherlands, Mr Roelf Joosten.

He pointed out that the culture of waste foisted on Nigeria was due to lack of means of preservation of agricultural products.

“Quality Matters More Than Quantity”

The President lamented a situation where cattle farmers throw away milk from their animals, because there was no means of preserving and processing the product.

“We have failed to develop our assets on a permanent basis. This, we are determined to work on,” the President promised.

He urged Friesland Campina, in its collaboration with Nigeria, to educate cattle farmers that “quality matters more than quantity,” and help them organise into cooperatives for better business.

A statement by a spokesman for the President, Mr Femi Adesina, said the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Audu Ogbe, who was also at the event, promised that herdsmen would soon be organised into ranches.

“They will be organised with special grasses and water, which would give better yield, and make the animals healthier,” he said.

Special Flasks

He also told the meeting that special flasks, which could preserve raw milk for up to six hours, would soon be made available, enabling cattle farmers to get the product to dairies in good quality.

On his part, Mr Joosten said that Friesland Campina was a cooperative owned by 19,000 farmers, and was 145 years old.

It began business in Nigeria in 1973 as Friesland Campina WAMCO Nigeria.

The company wants to partner with the Federal Government to build a healthier populace through better nutrition, collaborate in the School Feeding Programme, and promote dairy development in Nigeria.

It has also been providing nutrition support for Internally Displaced Persons in Nigeria’s northeast, a region ravaged by over six years of insurgency.

Also on the delegation of the Global CEO was the Managing Director of Friesland Campina WAMCO, Mr Rahul Colaco.

FG Set To Begin Disbursement Of N90 Billion Budget Support Fund

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Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Emmanuel Udom.

The National Economic Council (NEC) says disbursement of the N90 billion budget support proposed by the Federal Government to state governments to ease their economic hardship at interest rate of nine percent will start from next FAAC meeting.

This was disclosed to State House correspondents by the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr Emmanuel Udom, while briefing on the outcome of the National Economic Council meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

The Central Bank Governor was also said to have briefed council that from Monday next week it will collapse the regulated and the unofficial foreign exchange windows into one entity.

Also, the School Feeding Programme for pupils in junior secondary schools in the country is at the cost of seventy naira per day.

Special Adviser to the President on social Investments, Mrs Mariam Uwais, told council that the programme is designed to fulfill federal government’s social protection role to its citizens.

The loan, according to the federal government, will cover a period of one year.

However, the loan will be extended to the state governments after they meet 22 stringent conditions put together by the federal government under the fiscal sustainability plan.

So far only five states are said to have completed the process for borrowing from the budget support loan while one state has declined from taken from the loan.