The Delta Government says it has commenced biometric data capturing of additional 98,000 pupils into the ongoing National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) in the state.
The State Commissioner for Humanitarian and Community Support Services, Dr Darlington Ijeh, disclosed this on Tuesday in Asaba at a two-day meeting on the updates and guidelines for cooks of NHGSFP in the state.
Ijeh said that after an appeal, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, released an additional 49,000 forms to capture more pupils in addition to the earlier 49,000 forms released to the state.
The News Agency if Nigeria reports that 284,456 pupils are currently benefiting from the programme in the state.
Ijeh urged the cooks to ensure that all eligible pupils in the state were captured without arbitrarily short changing the pupils and the state in general.
He appealed to them to shun the habit of cutting corners and discharge their duties with the fear of God and service to humanity by following the stipulated guidelines.
“If you decide to connive with head mistress by saying that you have cooked and fed our children when in actual fact you have not done that, I will certainly fish you out and your name will be yanked off the payroll.
“The secretaries and NGOs are our eyes and cannot afford to fail the people of the state by not reporting any behaviour that falls short of required standard, because they know what awaits them if they are found wanting,” he said.
The Commissioner disclosed that the Federal Government has implemented the upward review of N70 per plate of a meal per child to N100. Ijeh also said that the social wellbeing of the people of the state was of a top priority to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and most especially that of our children.
“I am filled with joy that you no longer complain and that gladdens my heart that all of you now smile.
“And I almost shed tears when I received calls of some mothers like you, some fathers like you complaining of being short paid, your kids being short changed, some forms not being complete, pupils not being captured in various schools.
“It gives me great concern, but we are not here to apportion blames.
But what we are doing is the right thing,” he said.
Ijeh commended Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa for his visions and commitment to the state in delivering and keeping to his campaign promises to the people of the state.
The Commissioner noted that without the enablement and a coordinated synergy on implementation from the state governor, the programme would have been a mirage in the state.
“All these are being done by the State Governor, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa, and I am only being used by him and he is being used by God and that is why we are able to achieve ll these within few months I have been in office,” he added.
He noted that the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme, one of the four components of the National Social Investment Programmes (NSIP), was a Federal Government programme.
The meeting attracted local government secretaries and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) as well as cooks under the programme from Delta North Senatorial District.
As Nigeria mark 62nd Independence Anniversary, some stakeholders has advocated increased investment in education infrastructure to rejig the sector towards delivery quality education in the country.
The stakeholders including educationists, activists and public officials spoke in Bauchi, Dutse and Gombe while appraising the performance in the sector since independence.
They said that Nigeria had made appreciable progress in providing school infrastructure, capacity building and manpower development in the past 62 years.
Prof. Salisu Rakum, former Dean Faculty of Education, Federal University Kashere (FUK), said Nigeria recorded significant successes in school infrastructure development, improved enrollment, retention and completion in schools.
He said the country could boast of over 170 universities as against six in the 1960, while the number of secondary and primary schools increased from 311 and 1,000 to over 27,000 and 116,925, respectively.
“At independence, the enrollment ratio in primary schools was less than 30 per cent as against current 60 per cent.
“There is great improvement in the education sector compared to the situation in pre-independence era.
“Other statistics relate to the question of quality education, however, there is great improvement in that aspect too,” he said.
The don noted that students of private schools had been achieving academic excellence in view of quality services in the system.
He said the problem of poor quality education is more prevalent in public schools, hence the need for increased investment to reinvigorate the sector.
“Most of the public schools with high standards were previously owned by private sector like missionaries.
“The culture of good teaching still lingered in such schools, eventhough they are lacking in some areas but the output continued to be good,” he said.
Rakum said that poor performance in public schools could be attributed to lack of good foundation and enabling environment which negatively affected teaching and learning processes.
Similarly, Dr Hassan Langa, former Provost, College of Education, Billiri, Gombe State, said the literacy rate at independence was low compared to the number of educated and professionals trained in the country since independence.
He said that Nigeria’s educational institutions have the capacity to produce the manpower and human resource necessary to manage its affairs as against pre-independence era when the country relied on expatriates.
He stressed the need for proactive measures to address nagging problems militating against sustainable development in the sector.
In the same vein, Alhaji Garba Hassan, a teacher in Bauchi, urged governments at all levels to ensure 26 per cent budgetary allocation to education sector to meet up with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)’s standards.
He noted that Nigeria has made giant stride in education in view of the availability of schools from basic to tertiary levels of education.
“It is a good sign of our attitude to embrace education and a well informed educated society is a better society for all to live,” he said.
Another teacher, Mr Olubunmi Adetoye lauded President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for the implementation of the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP).
He observed that the programme encouraged enrollment and retention in schools, adding that, “it made positive impact on public health, economy, agriculture and other sectors”.
NHGSFP is aimed at improving the health of pupils and academic outcomes in public primary schools.
In 2004, the Federal Government piloted the programme in 12 states, while its scope expanded to 22 states in 2016. According to officials data, over 7.5 million pupils in 46,000 schools received 300 million meals to since inception of the programme.
Also commenting, Mr Abdullahi Yelwa, a lecturer, Department of Crime Management and Control, Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic, Bauchi, decried poor quality education in the country.
He said the standard of education in the 1960s and 1970s was higher than the present situation.
The lecturer recalled that post-independence governments provided incentives that encouraged school enrollment such as free meals, transportation and scholarships.
The gesture, he said, translated to achieving high education standards and quality graduates.
He, therefore, stressed the need for increased investment in education for sustainable development in the sector.
Corroborating earlier opinion, Bashir Birnin Kudu and Maryam Ibrahim, residents of Dutse, Jigawa, said the falling standard of education was a source of concern.
They described the current education system as unproductive which called for urgent measures to improve school infrastructure, welfare of students and teachers.
“It is disheartening for students to stay away from schools for long after the COVID-19 lockdown, due to ongoing strike by Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU),” Ibrahim said.
She urged the government and the striking teachers to resolve their differences to facilitate resumption of schools to achieve academic excellence.
The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for being the first Nigerian President to take concrete steps to institutionalise a national poverty reduction agenda with the National Social Investment Programme Establishment Bill, 2022.
The group said in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke that failure to check the tide was a major reason the nation’s poverty figure rose beyond 112 million in 2012 in spite of high oil revenue at that time.
“When the Buhari administration introduced the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) in 2016, it was with a view to tackling the country’s high rate of poverty which was 112million as at 2012, according to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
“At the time, the country had no known social welfare programme except for the one-size fits all initiative of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP through which commercial tricycles were handed over to some Nigerians under the ambit of the National Poverty Alleviation Programme (NAPEP).
“But today, six years after the NSIP was launched with multiple initiatives targeting different categories of Nigerians, the programme is now on the verge of being institutionalized as part of continuing efforts to take 100million Nigerians out of poverty by 2030. “We see it as a great step which will give legal backing to an initiative that has been described as the largest welfare scheme in sub-saharan Africa, in a country that has never seen any deliberate and coordinated effort to lift millions of people out of the cycle of poverty,” it added.
BMO said that the social investment bill was the outcome of a well thought-out process aimed at ensuring the continuity and sustainability of Nigeria’s first real social welfare scheme.
“What many people may not realise is that the NSIP has four programmes; namely the N-POWER Programme, the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP), the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) and the Conditional Cash Transfer Programme (CCT), all designed to cater for different categories of Nigerians in the bottom rung of the social ladder.
“We make bold to say that since the launch of NSIP in 2016, no fewer than five million Nigerians have benefitted from the four initiatives which independent monitors have since confirmed to be real.
“It is good to know that this pro-poor bill, if passed into law as expected, makes it mandatory for NSIP to be funded through a budgetary allocation and 5 per cent of recovered and repatriated funds,” it said.
The group also added that aside from the NSIP bill, the Buhari administration also has in place a National Poverty Reduction Strategy put together by the Presidential Economic Advisory Council (PEAC).
The Federal Government, has commenced distribution of N20,000 cash grants to 9,925 vulnerable people in Kano State under the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP).
The Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouq, disclosed this at the launch of the programme on Tuesday in Kano. The minister was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr Nasiru Sani-Gwarzo.
“Today, we are here to kick-start the Grant for Vulnerable Groups programme (GVG) in Kano State.
”It is a project which was introduced in 2020, first as Grant for Rural Women (GRW), to sustain the social inclusion agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
“It is consistent with his deliberate national agenda of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years.
“The GVG was designed to provide a one-off grant, a cash grant of N20,000.00, to some of the poorest and most vulnerable Nigerians in rural and peri-urban areas across the 36 States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory.
“To empower the beneficiaries to improve their productivity and their commercial activities, mainly aimed at easing them out of poverty,” she said.
Umar-Farouq said that Buhari, through his deliberate social inclusion agenda, directed that 70 per cent of the beneficiaries must be women, while the remaining 30 per cent should be youths.
The minister also said that the president has directed that, at least 15 per cent of the total number of beneficiaries must specifically be allocated to citizens with special needs.
They include Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and Senior Citizens in the state.
“It is on this note that we encourage the Kano State government to note and emulate this gesture and extend similar interventions to amplify social inclusion through it’s policies, programmes and projects.
“While the target of this Cash Grant project is to increase income and productive assets of the target beneficiaries.
“It is highly expected that the beneficiaries will use of the grants to improve their productivity, create wealth, generate employment and improve their living standard,” she said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the minister also launched digitized payment of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) and Sensitization of Community Stakeholders of the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) in the state.
In his remarks, the Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji, commended the Federal Government for the programme.
He said that it would be recorded by history that the administration of Buhari did well in improving the living condition of the vulnerable groups.
Ganduje urged the Federal Government to give special consideration to the state for its high population.
More than 7,264 persons are to benefit from Federal Government’s Grant for Vulnerable Groups (GVG) programme (GVG) in Borno.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, announced this on Wednesday while inaugurating the programme in Maiduguri.
Farouq said the programme started in 2020 as grant for rural women to sustain the social inclusion agenda of president Buhari’s administration inline with its commitment of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years.
“The GVG was designed to provide a one-offgrant, a cash grant of N20,000.00, to some of the poorest and most vulnerable Nigerians in rural and peri-urban areas across the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory.
“To empower the beneficiaries to improve their productivity and their commercial activities, mainly aimed at easing the mout of poverty.
“Let me add here that our target in Borno State is to disburse the grant to 7,264 beneficiaries across the 27 local government areas of the state.
“This is one of the highest slots in the country and this is because we put into account the impact of insurgency and large volume of IDPs in the state,” Farouq said.
She explained that Buhari, through his deliberate social inclusion agenda, had directed that 70 per cent of the beneficiaries must be women, while the remaining 30 per cent was for the youth.
She also said that Buhari directed that at least, 15 per cent of the total number of beneficiaries should be citizens with special needs, including Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) and Senior Citizens in the state.
The minister, who noted that the target of the grant was to increase income and productive assets of the beneficiaries, said they were expected to use the grant to improve their productivity, create wealth, generate employment and improve their living standard.
Gov. Babagana Zulum thanked Federal Government for its sustained support to Borno, adding that the inclusion of persons with disability and aged persons was a laudable decision.
Zulum who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Prof. Isa Marte, said the state government on its part had spent billions in supporting vulnerable persons, particularly in rural areas.
Zulum said the measures had gone a long way in frustrating the recruitment drive of insurgents in rural areas.
Other programmes carried out by the minister in Maiduguri included the distribution of starter packs to 168 N-skills beneficiaries and digital payment for conditional cash transfer.
She further performed the onboarding of independent monitors and inauguration of the sensitisation to the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP).
NSIP: FG trains 3000 independent monitors NSIP: FG trains 3000 independent monitors By Collins Yakubu-Hammer Monitors Abuja, June 9, 2023 The Federal Government has commenced the training of 3,000 Stream 2 Independent Monitors (IMs) of the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) across the six geopolitical zones of the country. Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, during the inauguration on Thursday in Abuja, said the training has become necessary to sustain the gains of the programme. Farouq explained that the IMs were responsible for monitoring the programme in their communities and schools, households and market clusters with the focus of ensuring that the primary objectives of the NSIPs are achieved. The minister recalled that she inaugurated the training and onboarding of Stream 1 IMs on Feb. 4, 2021, in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, and 36 states of the federation. “This process led to the engagement of 4,452 Stream 1 IMs enrolled as monitors of NSIP. They were trained and onboarded by officials of the Ministry working in collaboration with State Focal Persons and NSIP officials. “Additionally, they were provided working tools in the form of Tablets to carry out their monitoring activities on the field. The Stream 1 IMs were engaged from June 1, 2021, to May 31, 2022. “It is worthy to note that monitors are one of the most important components of the NSIP and the Ministry lays special emphasis on ensuring its programmes are closely monitored. “Through the Social Investment Management Information System (SIMIS) application, our Stream 1 monitors have uploaded over 220,000 reports to date on the application giving us good visibility into the programme at the communities. “Today’s programme marks the beginning of the national training and onboarding of additional 3,000 men and women that will serve as Stream 2 monitors,” Farouq said. According.to her, the incoming Stream 2 IMs are expected to continue using the same platform to report their activities from the field. Farouq stressed that they would be given the prerequisite training, and receive engagement letters and tablets as working tools for monitoring the programme. She noted that monitoring at the state level requires that the IMs work hand-in-hand with the state NSIP’s team, as their work cannot be done in a vacuum. “They are also required to work closely with the beneficiaries. No intimidation of beneficiaries by an IMs will be accepted by the Ministry. “Any Independent Monitor found intimidating or harassing a beneficiary will be taken off the programme. “Be informed that we have officials of the EFCC and DSS working with us on this programme, and those found culpable will be handed over to relevant authorities. “We are also working with Non-Governmental Organisations and Civil Society groups that will support you in your monitoring assignment,” Farouq said. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Farouq was represented at the inauguration by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Alhaji Nasir Sani-Gwarzo. Speaking, the National Coordinator of NSIP, Dr Umar Bindir, said the programme is the major instrument of President Buhari’s administration to alleviate poverty in the country. Bindir stressed that the NSIP has been institutionalised to the point that it would not go down the drains like other poverty alleviation programmes of previous administrations. “The monitoring is necessary to evaluate and restrategise to ensure that the beneficiaries are doing well and the programmes’ objectives are achieved. “The IMs would monitor all segments of the NSIP (N-Power, GEEP, CCT and NHGSFP) in their localities and would be paid a stipend of N30,000 monthly,” Bindir said. Meanwhile, Dr Fatiya Musah, the Team Lead of the programme during her presentation on Monitoring and Evaluation, said the essence of the monitoring was to ensure visibility in all the 36 states including FCT. “We have three levels of monitoring; Federal, State and Local Government Level. We also do routine quarterly field visit. We hope to do it before school closes for this term.” NAN also reports that the inauguration attracted NSIP Focal Persons from Osun, Rivers, Katsina and Nasarawa States. Others are officials from the National Orientation Agency, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and other relevant stakeholders. High points of the event was the symbolic presentation of letters of engagement to the trainees.
The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, says it is developing a National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) recipe books for its cooks to ensure quality meals.
Mrs Aishatu Digil, Team Lead, NHGSFP, who made this known in Abuja on Tuesday, said the purpose of developing the recipe books was to guide cooks on the best way to have a balanced meals for school children.
Digil said that the participants were representatives of cooks in the six geopolitical zones, who were expected to extend the knowledge to other cooks in their various zones.
“We are here today as part of our process to develop a standardised recipe books for the use of cook on the school feeding programme.
“We believe by so doing, we will be able to transfer knowledge and build capacity of our cooks to provide nutritious meals every given time.
“We have here with us representatives of cooks across the six geopolitical zones, who will participate in the process.’’
She said that the recipe books would also serve as a learning resource, adding that it would attract a lot of good partnerships.
“It will also help to sensitise the communities and Nigerians as a whole on what the school feeding programme is about to do,’’ she said.
Similarly, Ms Susan Simpa, a Nutrition Assistant of the ministry, said that the programme was aimed at improving the quality of meals that over 9.8 million school children all over the country would eat.
“We are hoping that the manual will help the cooks to improve on the quality of meals they make for the students and to have a standardised pattern of cooking.
“So that the end result will be in uniform all over the country.
“This recipe books after production will have virtual components, apart from writing in text; we are going to make pictures on the books so that it will be useful for those who are not educated.’’
Simpa explained that the pictorial aspect of the recipe books would guide the uneducated cooks to be able to replicate what was on the recipe books.
Ms Safiya Sani, the Deputy Director, Planning, Research and Statistics of the ministry said that one of the objectives of the programme was to transform and empower women.
“As well as to fight malnutrition in growing children and also to boost the local economy of the communities where the school feeding is taking place.
“We thank the Almighty God that since the inception of the programme, we have not had any casualty, maybe children dying in terms of feeding in the school,’’ Sani said.
One of the cooks, Mrs Lydia-Omowumi Ogunmakin from Ekiti, while appreciating the management of the ministry, said she would ensure total compliance of the guidelines.
“After this programme, whatever we are doing, learn and see how we are going to take it to our homes to follow it up and train others. (
The Federal Government has trained 42 cooks under the Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) in order to build their capacity and ensure a healthy and safe hygienic environment for pupils, tagged: ”Nationwide Documentation and Training of Master Cooks on tNHGSFP”.
Speaking at the venue in Lokoja, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development (FMHADMSD), Hajia Sadiya Farouq, said the training was to build the capacity of the cooks to ensure safe and healthy meals for the pupils.
The Minister, who was represented by the Nutritional Assistant on NHGSFP, Mrs Susan Simpa, said the 42 participants would go back after the training to their various local governments to train others.
According to her, two cooks were selected from each of the 21 local government of the state, who will in turn train 20 cooks each in their localities.
She noted that the NHGSFP is a component of National Social Investment Programme (NSIP), established by President Muhammad Buhari to bring poor Nigerians out of poverty.
She said that the training would improve the hygiene pattern of NHGSFP implementation, adding that the federal government has also provided quality feeding utensils for the cooks.
Earlier, Mr Suleiman Onyekehi, the NSIP Focal Person, Kogi State, said the idea is to improve on the quality of food and nutritional values being prepared for the pupils, and increase children’s enrollment in school.
Onyekehi, who is also the Special Adviser to the Governor on Special Projects, stressed that the federal government is taking the programme seriously because of its purpose and objectives.
He urged the participants to listen attentively to ensure a thorough compliance with the national guidelines.
”So, I want you to take this training very seriously, and also see the programme as a service to humanity,” he advised.
He said that the NSIP Kogi has recruited 2,933 cooks for the NHGSFP, while over 800 recruited additional cooks are awaiting final approval to accommodate remaining schools and pupils yet to benefit from the programme.
He noted that the delay is as a result of the nationwide pupils enumeration exercise.
He appreciated the Minister for doing her best in bridging the structural gaps for effective performance.
He disclosed that the federal government has approved the increase in cost of meal per child from N70 to N100, but this is yet to be implemented.
He, therefore, noted that the federal government is doing its best to commence the implementation probably when schools resume for third term.
Mrs Fatima Abdulmumin, a participant who spoke on behalf of the Cooks, said the cooking had been nice, adding that their major challenge is the cost.
”The cost per child is N70 but we are hoping the federal government will increase it to N100 as they have promised because things are now very costly,” she said.
Earlier, the minister’s representative, Simpa, handed over aprons and feeding utensils to Onyekehi for onward distribution to the cooks after the training.
The Federal Government, on Thursday, commenced a step-down training of 46 cooks under the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) in Sokoto State.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training was aimed at ensuring preparation of healthy, quality and hygienic meals for pupils in the state by the cooks.
Speaking at the occasion, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouk, said that two participants were selected from each of the 23 local government areas in the state.
Umar-Farouk, represented by Deputy Director, Finance in the ministry, Mr Muhammad Sambo, said that the training was to ensure that meals were prepared under the most hygienic conditions and with nutritional value.
She urged the participants to concentrate and learn from the experts so that they too could train others in their respective areas.
The minister said that the ministry brought in consultants to teach the cooks on the need to include nutritional value to their meals and cook them under the most hygienic condition.
“We understand that in the past, the cooks usually prepared meals without any standard guideline,” Umar-Farouk said.
She stated that the ministry would not compromise on the quality and quantity of meals served to pupils in the country.
In his remarks, Special Adviser to Gov. Aminu Tambuwal on Social Intervention, Alhaji Hayatu Tafida, commended the federal government for its foresight, stressing that it would surely add value to the processes.
Tafida assured of the state government’s continued support to the social intervention programmes, even as he described school feeding as a distinct scheme being benefited by pupils.
Also speaking, the Programme Manager of school feeding in the state, Alhaji Abubakar Kirkau, said that the training was imperative, as the federal government was trying to make the programme sustainable.
Kirkau said that the training would further enhance healthy living among children and check their malnutrition status in the state.
He added that the efforts would also ensure the consumption of healthy foods by the pupils, thereby checking malnutrition among children across the state.
A cross section of the participants commended the ministry and the state office of the programme for the training, pledging to enhance their operations through the knowledge acquired.
No fewer than 111 cooks under the Federal Government’s National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP), will be disengaged in Kogi for violating national guidelines of the programme.
Mr. Suleiman Abdulkareem Onyekehi, the NSIP Focal Person, Kogi, disclosed this on the sideline of the ”Nationwide Documentation cans Training of Cooks on the NHGSFP”, held on Thursday in Lokoja.
The NHGSFP is one of the components of the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) under the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development (FMHADMSD).
Onyekehi said, ”We have national guidelines that we will not want to violate or default.
”If anyone is defaulting or violating the guidelines, the state government will not hesitate to take a disciplinary action against such person.
”We have gotten a report with concrete evidences against some cooks who are defaulting by receiving money and not doing the cooking for the pupils.
”We have identified those schools and out of the 3000 cooks, 111 are defaulting.
”We are still going to identify more defaulters, so that we can discipline them as deterrent to others who are violating the national guidelines,” he said.
Onyekehi, who doubles as the Special Adviser to the Governor on Special Projects, said the state had reported the defaulters to the national office in charge of payment and data.
”Some cooks changed location and not cooking for pupils, we have few cases of dead persons who are still receiving money and some collected money and did not just cook.
‘So, we have sent our report on those cases to national office for defaulters to be removed and we have also sent replacement for them.
”It is only those who know the value of the program and are willing to work and follow the guidelines that will be retained, and that is part of the compliance of the national guidelines,” he said.
He noted that over 177,000 pupils are currently being fed in public primary schools across the state, while a total of over 258,000 pupils had been revalidated by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) for the program.
He added that the NSIP had great positive impacts on the lives of the people and the had tremendously boosted the state’s economy.
He emphasised that the NHGSFP was achieving its goals objectives in Kogi, which is to increase children enrollment in public schools, nutritional value and poverty eradication.
He commended Gov. Yahaya Bello for his maximum supporting for all the components of NSIP in state, while thanking President Muhammadu Buhari for the initiative.