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Why we suspended school feeding programme in some states — FG

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The Special Adviser to the President on Social Investments, Mrs Maryam Uwais, has explained why the Homegrown School Feeding Programme of the Federal Government was suspended in some states.
There had been reports of poor quality food, insufficient and irregular supply of food, as well as late disbursement of funds by the government in states, such as Akwa Ibom and Niger.
But reacting to the development, in an exclusive interview with our correspondent, Uwais said the Federal Government had started conducting a headcount of pupils being fed under the programme.

She explained that the National Social Investment Office had engaged the National Bureau of Statistics to conduct a headcount of pupils and those cooking the food under the intervention programme.
Uwais said the outcome of the data in the affected states was being reconciled, adding that it became necessary to do this due to the discovery of a  disagreement between the figures provided by officials of the State Universal Basic Education Board and what the monitors on the field actually reported.

She also noted that pupils had not been fed since April due to reconciliation efforts. “We have been reconciling the data in the states after engaging the NBS to conduct a headcount of pupils and cooks for us.
“Essentially, we found conflicting reports of the figures between official SUBEB figures and reports from monitors in the field.
“We mobilised the NBS to venture into all government-owned primary schools where we are feeding to confirm the numbers and those actually feeding.

“So yes, we haven’t fed the pupils since April due to reconciliation efforts, as some of the states are contesting the figures.
“We (will) start feeding on June 24 for the states that have been feeding, irrespective of their protests. That is the cut-off-date for all protests.”


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