EDUCATION

School Feeding Was Monitored by DSS,ICPC- FG _Ada Nkong

 The Federal Government says the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) which cost about N13bn during the COVID-19 lockdown was monitored by third parties, including the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, the Department of State Services and the World Food Pogramme.
The Special Adviser to the President on the School Feeding Programme, Dr Dotun Adebayo, disclosed that the third party agencies were invited to monitor the efficiency of the distribution.
Although education experts and public analysts have criticised the feeding of pupils at home during the COVID-19 school closure, Adebayo said strategies were adopted to ensure transparency in the process.
The NHGSFP official spoke in Abuja in his presentation at a virtual meeting of stakeholders on the COVID-19 Funds Management and Monitoring organised by the ICPC.
In his presentation titled, ‘Delivering a transparent food ration distribution,’Adebayo said, “To prevent slides to old habits during the food ration distribution, we have; one, validation of items across all the distribution centres; two, voucher collection process; three, invitation of third party monitors and agencies. These are the WFP, Civil Society Organisations, ICPC, DSS, and others.
“On our budget, we normally expend N1,400 per child per 20 days when schools are open. Fortunately, we had existing funds to cover a 20-day cycle in April for 35 states before schools were closed due to the COVID lockdown.
“We worked within the existing budget of the programme to come up with a food ration package of a total cost of N4,200 per household on the presumption of an average of three children per household. Our targeted number of households is 3,131,971 households.”
According to Adebayo, the total cost for the targeted households during the lockdown stood at N13,154,278,200.
He said the strategy adopted to deliver the food items included targeting and mapping of household with children in public primary school 1 to 3, and providing states with guidelines for procurement, security and distribution.

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