School Feeding: FG completes handing over of 700,000 utensils to Kaduna
The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster and Management and Social Development has completed the handing over of 700,000 feeding utensils to Kaduna state Government for the use of beneficiaries of the National Home Grown School Feeding Program in the state.
The utensils were delivered to the state Government at Shiekh Gumi LEA Primary School in Kaduna, where the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Hajiyah Sadiyah Umar Farouq said the initiative was designed to address poverty in all forms, while giving more children of the downtrodden access to education.
Represented by the ministry’s Deputy Director Legal, Hajiyah Maimuna Idris, the Minister recalled that the feeding programme is one of the four key interventions of the Federal Government, under the National Social Investment Program which seeks to boost; school enrollment, nutrition local economic activities across thousands of communities all over the Nation.
Accordingto her, “The benefits of this program and its impact on the lives and livelihood of individuals, groups and communities is clear evident. We have thus far recorded over nine million pupils on the program being fed, while employment being created within the school feeding ecosystem is undeniable with over 100,000 cooks.
“In 2019, when the Ministry was created, we set out to strengthen the Programn with a view to making institutionalized within Government’s social safety nets. Thus, we immediately identified the strategic areas in the program that needed to be reviewed to accommodate realities. The key areas it sustainable and Identified include; Improving Meal Quality, Capacity Development of all actors in the value chain, Development of Evidence Based Policy Frameworks to guide Implementation, Building Strategic Partnerships to achieve sustainability, Support School Health and Nutrition, Data Upgrade and Management, Improved M & E systems.
“We are pleased to inform that we have commenced deployment of interventions within the National Home-Grown School Feeding Program that will help to resolve the identified gaps including a nationwide enumeration exercise with the objective of verifying the existing data, upgrading the quality of data, and updating our records to accommodate the scaling up of the program with an additional 5 million beneficiaries as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari,” the Minister said.
In her remarks, the Deputy Chief of Staff to Govenor Nasir El-Rufai and focal person for school feeding programe in Kaduna, Saude Amina Atoyebi said the state government has put in place mechanisms to strengthen the school feeding program, part of which includes, testing of cooks for tuberculosis, hepatitis and typhoid fever.
She said, “These were done to prevent the cooks from spreading diseases to our pupils in process of providing meals. During this exercise, many of the cooks also got their COVID1-9 vaccine.”
Meanwhile, in his remarks, the Headmaster of Sheihk Gumi LEA Primary School, Kaduna, Muhtari Lawal lauded the initiative of the governments, noting that prior to the start of the program, enrolment of sfhool pupils was at its lowest, “but now the number of learners are increasing especially from primary one to three.