Reps Query Home-grown School Feeding Programme

 

The House of Representatives has queried the Federal Government’s home-grown school feeding programme.

The Special Adviser to the President on School Feeding Programme, Dotun Adebayo confirmed this on Wednesday.

Speaking before the Huse of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts, he said that states engage the schools and cooks while the Federal Government makes the payments.

The lawmakers are requesting the details of the cooks engaged, as well as the pupils.

N500bn Spent Annually On Social Investment Programmes – FG

PHOTO: NSIP official website

 

The sum of N500billion is spent annually on National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) by the Federal Government.

This was disclosed on Monday by the Minister of State Budget and National Planning Clement Agba at the 60th annual conference of the Nigerian Economic Society in Abuja.

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He said the Federal Government is committed to grassroots development and has shown this by investing N500 billion annually since 2016 in the national social investment program.

“In order to create a more inclusive society that enhances the quality of life. The government has continued to implement the social investment program.

“The sum of N500billion has been appropriated annually for the scheme since 2016. This reflects the continued determination of the government to pursue an inclusive society and achieve growth. Policies such as the n-power scheme have seen 500,000 graduates and 26,000 others engaged.

“Under the national home-grown school feeding program, as at March 2019 over 9.5million school children across 30states are being fed and over 1913 cooks empowered,” Agba said.

The Minister added that government enterprise and empowerment program has seen to the disbursement of  N1.71million loans to small businesses and farmers across the 36 states and the FCT.

President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration launched the Social Investment Programmes to address poverty through the Home-Grown School Feeding Programme, the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP), conditional cash transfer and N-Power.

Nasarawa Govt Promises To Sustain School Feeding Programme

Al-Makura Commits To Peaceful Coexistence In Nasarawa
File Photo: Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura

 

Governor of Nasarawa State, Tanko Al-makura, has promised to sustain the home-grown school feeding programme which the Federal Government recently launched in the state.

He gave the assurance on Thursday when he visited his alma mater, Dunama Pilot Primary School in Lafia, the state capital, where he had a meal with the pupils.

The Governor believes the initiative will increase school enrollments, hence the promise to sustain it.

“I want to assure the Federal Government that the social investment programmes especially the school feeding programme will be fully supported by Nasarawa State,” he said.

Also speaking on the benefits of the programme, the Headmaster of the school, Yusuf Maina, noted that barely two weeks since the introduction of the programme, some students who had dropped out in the previous session, returned to school.

“Those dropped out of the school are back to school. It gives a lot of encouragement. It gives room for pupils to come to school as early as 7:00/7:30 am unlike before that they come to school at will,” he told Channels Television.

Over 9.3m Pupils Currently Get Free Meals, Says Osinbajo

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says over nine million pupils are currently benefitting from the national school feeding programme of the Federal Government.

Osinbajo stated this on Friday in Benin, the Edo State capital during the launch of the homegrown school feeding programme.

“Our homegrown school feeding programme at the moment, without counting the new addition which is Edo State, will feed 9.3 million children every single day in 49, 937 public primary schools in 26 states, now 27 with Edo across Nigeria every single day,” he said.

Osinbajo was in the state to launch the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) that provides free meals for children in public schools.
Accompanying the Vice President was the State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki and top government officials.

While inspecting pupils of Eyaen Primary School in Uhunmwode Local Government Area of the state, Obaseki thanked the Vice President for the visit and commended him for the Social Investment Programme, which has added value to the lives of Nigerians.

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He, however, explained the reason why the state was not included in the Federal Government’s list that benefits from the Social Investment Programme.

“The reason why we did not implement the home feeding programme before now is simple – We were test-running our Edo Basic Educational, Transformation Programme (EDOBEST),” he stated.

The Vice President ended his trip to the South-South state with a rally, after which he commissioned a housing project built by Governor Godwin Obaseki’s administration.

He also used the opportunity of his visit to reiterate the Muhammadu Buhari administration’s commitment to the welfare of all Nigerians ahead of the February 16 presidential election.

FG Has Disbursed N6.6bn For School Feeding Programme – Presidency

FG Has Disbursed N6.6bn For School Feeding Programme – Presidency
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The Federal Government says it has disbursed over N6bn since the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme started in 2016.

This was contained in a statement issued on Monday by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Mr Laolu Akande.

“A total of N6,643,432,789 billion have been disbursed by the Federal Government since the school feeding programme kicked off late last year,” the statement said.

The government said at least 19,000 schools have been covered so far, adding that more schools would benefit from the programme with the commencement of a new academic session in September.

They said more states would be added to the list, in line with government’s target that 5.5 million schoolchildren would be fed by the end of 2017.

According to the statement, a total of 2,918,842 schoolchildren from 19,881 schools in the 14 pilot states of the federation have benefitted from the school feeding programme, which is part of President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s N500 billion Social Investment Programmes (SIPs).

“With 3,325 schools, Kaduna State has the highest number of schools so far covered under the programme, as well as the highest number of schoolchildren (835,508) who have been fed.

“It is closely followed by Benue State where 2,220 schools have been covered and 240,827 schoolchildren have been fed. Zamfara State also recorded a high number, with 1,952 schools covered and 198,788 pupils fed under the programme,” the statement added.

The Federal Government said Bauchi State also recorded impressive figures with 1,904 schools already covered, while 307,013 schoolchildren in the state have so far benefitted from the programme.

A total of 1,850 schools have been covered and 151,438 pupils have been fed in Osun State; 1,479 schools have been covered and 171,835 pupils fed so far in Taraba State; while a total of 1,403 schools have been covered in Oyo State, where 107,983 pupils have been fed.

In Anambra State, 807 schools have been covered and 103,742 schoolchildren have been fed so far and 108,898 pupils in 622 schools have been fed in Enugu State.

The school feeding programme has so far covered 1,050 schools and 163,137 schoolchildren have been fed In Ebonyi State, just as 903 schools have so far been covered with 231,660 pupils fed In Ogun State.

“Also, a total of 95,134 schoolchildren in 882 schools have been fed in Plateau State. Delta and Abia states recorded 742 schools each, with 141,663 and 61,316 schoolchildren fed respectively,” the statement said.

Nine States Received N3.7bn For School Feeding Programme – FG

Yemi Osinbajo Flags Off Lagos-Ibadan New Rail ProjectThe Federal Government says it has so far disbursed N3.7bn to nine states under for one of its Social Investment Programme, the HomeGrown School Feeding Programme.

According to the Federal Government, the amount is meant for the feeding of 1,287,270 school children.

A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media and Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande, disclosed this on Sunday.

It listed the states that received the funds as Anambra, Enugu, Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Ebonyi, Zamfara, Delta and Abia, adding that 14,574 cooks had been hired as part of the programme.

A breakdown of the amount showed that Anambra state got a total of N693,013,300, in eight tranches with 103,742 children fed so far.

The total release for Enugu state is N419,427,200 in six tranches and 108,898 school children have so far been fed.

For Oyo state, a total of N414, 708, 700 have been released for the feeding of 107,983 children in six tranches.

Osun State got N767,483,244 in eight tranches for the feeding of 151,438 pupils, while Ogun state received N880,055,400 in seven tranches and fed 231,660 school children.

Ebonyi State received N344,633,100 in three tranches for the feeding of 163,137 school children, while Zamfara, Delta and Abia states got a total of N188,001,100, N63,366,100, N42,921,200, respectively for the feeding of 268,573, 90,523 and 61,316 pupils in that order.

According to the statement, Zamfara, Delta and Abia are the latest states to join the School Feeding Programme, which is projected to feed over Three million pupils this year.

It added, “The money is paid directly from the FG’s coffers to the cooks, with a slight variation in Osun State where some of the food items like eggs are bought centrally by an aggregator.”

Kaduna Govt Has Spent N10bn On School Feeding Programme – Commissioner

The Kaduna State government has spent over N10 billion on the school feeding programme for pupils in public primary schools within eight months, the state Commissioner for Education, Professor Andrew Nok, has said.

Presenting the mid-term report of his ministry at a news conference, Professor Nok said the programme, which was stopped because the Federal Government was not forthcoming with its counterpart funding put at N6.8 billion, will continue in July 2017, as the state has received N3.4 billion, half of the money owed it by the Federal Government.

He said, “Kaduna State started partial school feeding in January but stopped it in August. We have spent at least N10 billion on the school feeding for the eight months.

“The initial arrangement was that classes 1 to 3 pupils will be fed by the Federal Government and primary 4 -6 to be under the state government.

“Since Federal Government was not ready we felt it would be unwise to go and feed classes 4-6 pupils and leave those of classes 1-3 so we fed all pupils of government primary schools for eight months.”

The commissioner also said the state government would soon reopen the state-owned institutions in Southern Kaduna, especially the Kafachan Campus of the Kaduna State University and College of Education, Gidan Waya as the security situation in the area has improved.

He also disclosed plans to convert all government-owned secondary schools to boarding schools, noting that the plan has started with 15 previously selected schools to be joined by 15 others to be selected soon.

Six Nigerian States Get 375m Naira For 10 Days Feeding Of School Pupils

School pupils feeding initiative
The government says 5.5 million pupils will benefit from the school pupils feeding initiative nationwide

The Nigerian government says it has released over 375 million Naira this year to feed almost 700,000 primary school pupils in five states, in the implementation of its Social Investment Programmes.

A statement by the Presidency said virtually all States of the federation, except two, are now being processed for the payment of 30,000 Naira monthly Stipends to 200,000 graduates, the N-Power Beneficiaries.

Giving a media update in Abuja on Sunday, the spokesman for the Vice President, Mr Laolu Akande, said the current administration’s Social Investment Programmes, (SIP), were proceeding at different stages of implementation.

According to him, regarding the Homegrown School Feeding Programme, the Federal Government last week released money for this year, to Anambra, Ogun, Oyo, Osun and Ebonyi sates to cover the feeding for 10 school days.

“The sum of about 375.434 million Naira has just been released and paid to 7,909 cooks in those States for the feeding of a total of 677,476 primary school pupils,” Mr Akande said, giving the breakdown.

Breakdown Of Distributed Funds

According to the breakdown, Ogun State got a total of 119.648 million Naira paid to 1,381 cooks to feed 170,927 pupils, Ebonyi State 115.218 million Naira paid to 1,466 cooks to feed 164,598 pupils while Anambra State got 67.5 million Naira paid to 937 cooks to feed 96,489 pupils.

Oyo State got 72.2 million Naira paid to 1,437 cooks to feed 103,269 pupils and Osun State got 867,370 Naira paid to 2,688 to feed 142,193 pupils.

He said all monies were paid directly to the cooks and cover 10 days of school.

Mr Akande further disclosed that those figures would go up later this week when Zamfara and Enugu States expected to be paid 188.7 million Naira and 67.2 million Naira respectively are added to the benefitting states.

In Zamfara, the sum would be paid to 2,738 cooks to feed 269,665 pupils and in Enugu, the sum would be paid to 1,128 cooks to feed 96,064 pupils.

By then, he noted, over 631 million Naira would have been released so far in 2017 for school feeding in seven States, paid to 11,775 cooks and meant to feed over One million primary school pupils-exact number of pupils by then would be 1,043,205.

On N-Power, Mr Akande stated that the process of payments of verified graduate  beneficiaries had advanced and at different stages of progress in all but two states, noting that more and more of such beneficiaries are posting their glad experiences of receiving alerts on the Social Media.

This means, according to him, that payment of the December Stipends which had gone across the country would be completed in all states except two that did not meet the extended deadline for the verification process for December stipends.

He further told reporters that the processing of January Stipends were also in advanced stages.

The Vice President’s spokesman also assured some beneficiaries who have issues to remain patient, while observing that quite a number of the beneficiaries had banking information irregularities. He said the payment of the unemployed graduates, which had created a huge buzz across the country especially on the Social Media, is being done in batches.

Regarding the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) payments of 5,000 Naira per month, he told reporters that it would continue in the nine pilot states of Bauchi, Borno, Niger, Kogi, Cross Rivers, Osun, Oyo Ekiti, and Kwara States.

“While payment challenges are being experienced with the banks in some of the States, beneficiaries continue to receive their stipends which is being paid for two months.

“A total sum of 10,000 Naira is being paid for the CCT beneficiaries to cover the months of December and January. The CCT payments would be done six times in a year, with a payment of 10,000 to cover two months,” Mr Akande added.

F.G To Flag-Off School Feeding Programme In Benue

UBE, Bayelsa State
The government says 5.5 million pupils will benefit from the initiative nationwide

The Federal government has flagged off its social welfare programme on the Home Grown School Feeding Initiative in Benue State with a three-day workshop for participating schools and food vendors.

Addressing participants and stakeholders on Thursday, Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom said there is a need to come up with practical models of implementing the programme successfully in the state and around the country.

Governor Ortom who pledged his commitment to the programme added that the state government will explore the opportunities of expanding its agricultural potentials and utilize most of its perishable produces through the programme.

He added that as Nigeria’s Food Basket, farm produce like yam and many others can be found in large quantities in the state, making it a pivotal partner of the Federal government Home Grown School Feeding programme.

With the high expectation from the social empowerment of the project, the governor also pledged to ensure the state derives full benefits from the programme.

The team leader from the Office of The Vice President, Abimbola Adesunmi, said the three-day stakeholders workshop holding in Makurdi, the state capital, is aimed at putting the programme component in proper perspective.

Mrs Adesunmi, said she was also on ground at the first day of the workshop to advise the state government and proffer ways of creating a synergy between the state government and stakeholders in the programme.

Missed Target

The Federal Government missed the September target for the commencement of the school feeding initiative which was one the major initiatives promised under the Social Welfare Programmes of the administration.

In July 2016, Mrs. Adesanmi, who is also the National Manager of the programme, said by September, about 5.5 million pupils across the country will be fed daily by the Federal Government under the initiative.

In September, the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun revealed that only N70 billion had been released out of the N500 billion budgeted for the SWP to the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on social interventions, Maryam Uwais.

The House of Representatives subsequently summoned  Mrs. Uwais to explain why none of the programmes under the SWP are yet to begin.

Buhari Sends MTEF To National Assembly

MTEFPresident Buhari has sent the 2016 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) to the National Assembly.

In the MTEF, President Muhammadu Buhari earmarked N500 billion for school feeding programme initiatives, conditional cash transfer to most vulnerable Nigerians and post-NYSC grant.

Out of the budget proposal of N6.04 trillion, the Federal Government’s revenue is projected at N3.82 trillion and would borrow N2.22 trillion to finance the 2016 budget.

The MTEF further revealed ‎that the total public debt of the Federal Republic of Nigeria stood at N12.11 trillion as at June 2015.

In item 227 tagged ‘Recoveries of Misappropriated Funds’‎, about N350 billion was recovered by government.

The 2016 MTEF also showed that the National Assembly budget was slashed from N120 billion to N115 billion.