11 states to commence school feeding programme
2 February 2017 National
Federal Government has given an update on the National Home grown School Feeding Programme and condemned critics, who claimed the programme is faced by funding problems.
Laolu Akande, senior special assistant on media in the presidency says actual feeding of pupils is expected to commence this week in Ogun and Oyo States, while Ebonyi State will soon follow suit.
Akande says all approved cooks based on the number of pupils allocated to each cook and have received payment from the federal Government while the state provides the number of pupils to be fed.
He says the federal government has also adopted a system where it pays the cooks a 10-day advance payment for feeding.
According to Akande, 11 States have so far indicated their readiness to commence the school feeding programme having met federal government’s criteria.
The programme is designed to ensure that no cook feeds more than 150 pupils a day, but in some cases, the numbers are as low as 35 children per cook.
In another development, Presidency’s Social Investment Programmes SIPs has disbursed 23,400 loans to artisans in 13 states and the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja.
The micro-credit scheme styled Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP), targets coverage for one million people, who are artisans or market men and women, entrepreneurs or farmers.
Laolu Akande, senior special assistant on media in the presidency says they have already enrolled for the scheme and are expected to benefit this year and the loan scheme is executed through the Bank of Industry, BOI, with the involvement of cooperatives.
He says the loan attracts no interest except the one-time 5% administrative fee for costs.
Beneficiaries of the first phase are based in are Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Delta, Ekiti, Kogi, Kwara, Niger, Lagos, Osun and Ogun. Others are in Oyo, Ondo, Rivers and the FCT.
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