FG reports capture of data on cooks, food suppliers and others in Kogi
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, has ended the national school feeding enumeration exercise in Lokoja, Kogi State.
According to the minister, the goal was to have a database of beneficiaries and help increase the number of beneficiaries from the current 9 million to 15 million students by 2023 in accordance with the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari .
Represented by the Deputy Director of Internal Audit, Patience Achor, she said that the program which covers students in grades 1 to 3 of the public primary school has been very beneficial for some sectors.
In a statement by Senior Information Officer Grace Osuji yesterday, she added, “More than nine million students receive one free nutritious meal per day during the school year across the country and we now have a mandate to reach five million more students by 2023.
“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.”
Farouq said checking the existing number of program beneficiaries and updating their records will ensure efficiency, transparency and accountability.
She pleaded with the state government and other stakeholders to cooperate with her ministry in its efforts to successfully enter beneficiary data in the state.
Kogi State Government Secretary Folasade Ayoade, on behalf of Governor Yahaya Bello, has promised to partner with the ministry to have a successful count of beneficiaries.
Ayoade, who highlighted the achievements of the Bello administration since its inception in 2016, praised the federal government for launching the school feeding program for students in grades 1 to 3, calling for its expansion to cover other students.
President Buhari’s Special Assistant on Special Needs Danjuma Attah said the goal was to have a database of beneficiaries from 2016 to date.
“It’s good to have a database and bring in more students. This will strengthen a credible budget process and good policy formulation, ”he said.
State Special Advisor / National Social Investment Program (NSIP) Focal Person Abdulkarim Onyekehi said the exercise came at a time when the state government was planning to embark on an exercise similar. He said the count would authenticate the number of beneficiaries in the state he put at 177,000.
Onyekehi said the state currently has more than 258,000 students in grades 1 to 3 of state public primary schools, expressing hope that more state beneficiaries will be welcomed by the end of the fiscal year. biometric.