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School Feeding: Bauchi Govt. Meets LGs, Reviews Programme Implementation

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Members of the Bauchi State School Feeding Multi-Sectoral Team (SSFMT) have met with the Local Government Area Desk Officers with a view to reviewing the programme implementation in the state.

In a statement by the Media Unit of the Bauchi State Social Investment Programmes Office (BSSIPO),in Bauchi on Tuesday, the team said the meeting set out to review the implementation of the School Feeding programme in the state with a view to extending the sphere of impact thereof.

According to the statement, the review paid particular attention to the need to strengthen its monitoring and evaluation mechanisms; protein supply and distribution framework; partnership with the banks; as well as the validation of the data obtained from the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System PLC (NIBSS) among others.

The move is coming on the heels of concerns by stakeholders and the federal government that there have been glitches in the implementation of the scheme.

AgroNigeria recalls that last November, the Special Adviser to the President on Social Protection Plan, Maryam Uwais disclosed that the Federal Government has discovered sharp practices being perpetrated by some schools in the NHGSFP, requesting the general public to assist in the monitoring process.

Members of the Bauchi State School Feeding Multi Sectoral Team (SSFMT)
According to sources at the Programme’s National Implementation Office, Bauchi is one of the 19 states across the country where the Federal Government’s school feeding initiative has covered five million pupils attending 28,249 schools.

The state received a total of N214,909,101 for the feeding of a total of 307,013 pupils in about 2000 schools in the state during the school year ending August 2017. Also, 3,261 cooks have so far been engaged in the state for the programme.

Bauchi State Universal Basic Education Board ( #SUBEB) had in October revealed that the #NHGSFP had increased school enrollment by 36 per cent in the 2016/2017 academic session while also reducing absenteeism by pupils in schools across the state.

In December last year, Special Assistant to Governor Mohammed Abubakar on Non-Governmental Organisations ( #NGOs) and Social Investment Programmes, Mansur Soro revealed that a steady increase has been recorded in the scheme in the state.

“‎Over 2,000 schools across the state are involved in the programme involving 5,005 cooks feeding 501,399 children,” he said.

Inaugurated by Governor Mohammed Abubakar as part of the Federal Government’s conditions for participation in the programme, the State School Feeding Multi-Sectoral Team ( #SSFMT) is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring the effective implementation of the programme in the state.

Source: https://agronigeria.com.ng/school-feeding-bauchi-govt-meets-lgs-reviews-programme-implementation/

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