From Suleiman Isah, Minna
The Federal Government has recommenced its home grown school feeding programme in Niger State with the release of about N392 million as part payment for the feeding of 560,000 pupils in the state.
The Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Amina Musa Gwar, who is overseeing the programme, said 4,929 cooks from the 274 wards in the state have been engaged to ensure its smooth implementation.
She said the programme was suspended last year due to financial recklessness on the part of some officials, adding that the scheme is expected to create about 10,000 jobs.
“We have also gone ahead to recruit monitors in all the wards to supervise the school feeding scheme in order to ensure that the vendors complied with standard.
“We have worked out how to make the Home Grown School Feeding Programme successful in Niger state, we are very transparent with what we are doing no money comes to us all monies go directly to the vendors and the aggregators,” she said.
According to the commissioner, the scheme has also been able to bring down the cost of foodstuffs by buying directly from dealers, stressing that all associations engaged are cooperating to see to its fruitful progress.
She said the menu approved was the food the pupils were used to in their homes insisting that “on no condition would two or three pupils share one egg when they have it on their menu.”