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ICPC, Others Monitored Home School Feeding

The National Home Grown School Feeding Programme(NHGSFP) was monitored by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, the Department of State Services and the World Food Programme, this disclosure was made known by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The government has expended about N13bn on the NHGSFP  programme during the COVID-19 lockdown, but the Special Adviser to the President on the Social Feeding Programme, Dr Dotun Adebayo revealed that the government had brought in third party agencies to monitor the efficiency and transparency in the distribution process.

Although, the NHGSFP has generated lots of controversies from education experts and public analysts as the government insisted on going ahead with the feeding of school pupils despite the COVID-19 school closure.

The Special Adviser, who was speaking in Abuja, in his presentation at a  COVID-19 Funds Management and Monitoring virtual meeting of stakeholders organized by the ICPC, titled ‘ Delivering a transparent food ration distribution,’ Adebayo in his presentation said, “To prevent slides to old habits during the food ration distribution, we have; one, validation of items across all the distribution centers; two, voucher collection process; three, invitation of third party monitors and agencies, these are the WFP, Civil Society Organizations, 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”

He further explained that, during the lockdown, the total cost for targeted household stood at N13,154,278,200, and that a strategy has been device to deliver the food items, which include targeting and mapping of household with children in public primary school 1 to 3, with provision to states the guidelines for procurement, security and distribution.

 

The government National Home Grown School Feeding Programme has generated heated debate amongst education experts, public analyst and other stakeholders, but with this disclosure by the government that the ICPC and other third party agencies had monitored the programme, it remained to be seen if this would quell the doubt about the credibility and transparency of the programme by those oppose to it.

The National Home Grown School Feeding Programme(NHGSFP) was monitored by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, the Department of State Services and the World Food Programme, this disclosure was made known by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The government has expended about N13bn on the NHGSFP  programme during the COVID-19 lockdown, but the Special Adviser to the President on the Social Feeding Programme, Dr Dotun Adebayo revealed that the government had brought in third party agencies to monitor the efficiency and transparency in the distribution process.

Although, the NHGSFP has generated lots of controversies from education experts and public analysts as the government insisted on going ahead with the feeding of school pupils despite the COVID-19 school closure.

The Special Adviser, who was speaking in Abuja, in his presentation at a  COVID-19 Funds Management and Monitoring virtual meeting of stakeholders organized by the ICPC, titled ‘ Delivering a transparent food ration distribution,’ Adebayo in his presentation said, “To prevent slides to old habits during the food ration distribution, we have; one, validation of items across all the distribution centers; two, voucher collection process; three, invitation of third party monitors and agencies, these are the WFP, Civil Society Organizations, 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”

He further explained that, during the lockdown, the total cost for targeted household stood at N13,154,278,200, and that a strategy has been device to deliver the food items, which include targeting and mapping of household with children in public primary school 1 to 3, with provision to states the guidelines for procurement, security and distribution.

 

The government National Home Grown School Feeding Programme has generated heated debate amongst education experts, public analyst and other stakeholders, but with this disclosure by the government that the ICPC and other third party agencies had monitored the programme, it remained to be seen if this would quell the doubt about the credibility and transparency of the programme by those oppose to it.

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