The Kaduna State Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment (AGILE), a World Bank-supported project, is supporting School-Based Management Committees (SBMCs) to undertake minor repairs in 550 public secondary schools across the state.
The Project Coordinator, Mrs Maryam Dangaji, who said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna on Thursday added that 155 new schools would also be constructed.
Dangaji said that the project would provide School Improvement Grants (SIGs) to the schools to improve existing infrastructure in secondary schools across the state.
She explained that AGILE project would provide a small grant of between N3.4 million and N6.8 million depending on school enrolment, to rehabilitate schools and provide Water, Sanitation and Hygiene facilities.
She said that schools with less than 250 students would receive US$8,000 (about N3.4million); schools with between 250 and 400 students, US$12,000 (N5.1 million) and schools with more than 400 students would receive US$16,000 (N6.8 million).
She said that the main objective was to encourage and increase girls’ enrolment and transition to secondary schools, ensure a safe school environment accessible, inclusive, and conducive to teaching and learning.
She said that for a school to benefit, it must have a functional SBMC, a bank account and School Improvement Plan (SIP) which determines the priority needs of the school.
“A consultant would be attached to the SBMCs to guide them on proper record keeping, procurement processes, other technical issues and monitor the delivery of the project.
“Once the school improvement plan is approved, they will receive the first tranche of 50 per cent of the grant directly into their account.
“They will receive the second tranche once the renovation reaches 50 per cent and verified,” she said.
She said that the project had trained SBMCs of 275 schools in the first phase and disbursed 50 per cent to the SBMCS.
She added that they would receive the second tranche once they exhausted the first tranche and if satisfied with the job done.
“We are currently training SBMCs of 275 schools for the second phase to complete the 550 schools.
“We are hoping to conclude the training on July 1, after which we will go through their SIP and disburse 50 per cent of the cost of the project if approved.
She said that the consultant would monitor the delivery of the project on daily basis to ensure that the implementation was according to specification as contained in the SIP.
She added that there would be third party monitoring from the project’s National Office.
This, according to her, is to ensure that no SBMC compromised on minimum quality.
The project coordinator also said that a total of 155 new schools would be constructed under the large grant of between US$ 30,000 (N12.8 million) and US$ 60,000 (N25.7 million).
She said that construction would begin with 62 schools in the first phase – 36 junior and 26 senior secondary schools across the 23 Local Government Areas of the state.
She explained that one of the criteria for the new construction would be when a particular school has a junior secondary school but no senior secondary school for the students to transit to.
“Sometimes the distance to the nearest senior secondary school could range between seven kilometres and eight kilometres. This will discourage girls from attending such schools.
“Also, if there is a primary school with no junior secondary school nearby to absorb the girls, then we will build a junior secondary school so that the girls will transit from primary six to junior secondary school.
“We have identified those schools based on distance and enrolment for new construction and a school with junior will now have senior secondary so that the girls will transit to senior secondary school,” Dangaji said. (
The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has trained 40 food vendors under its National Homegrown School Feeding Programme on good hygiene in Bauchi State.
Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouq, Minister in charge of the ministry stated this during the inauguration of the training exercise on Friday in Bauchi.
Represented by Mr Abbas Adamu, Head of Registry, Permanent Secretary Office of the Ministry, Umar-Farouq said the food vendors were trained on how to ensure effective management of resources given to them by the government.
She said the participants were expected to step down the training and train others in their respective communities.
“The trainees are expected to learn the skills of identifying potential hazards to food safety and apply the principles on food sanitation and good personal hygiene.
“The food vendors will be trained on maintaining safe and hygienic environment, food procurement, food costing, and kitchen portion control.
“Others are menu standardisation and financial Literacy which include record keeping, anti corruption measures, forming cooperatives, self empowerment among others,’’ she said.
The minister explained that the programme, an initiative of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, was aimed at providing succor to boost the health needs of students in public schools.
In her remarks, Hajiya Amina Katagum, N-SIP Focal Person in the state, lauded the gesture.
Represented by Alhaji Mohammed Sani. Head of N-Power project, Katagumsaid the, ‘‘N-SIP is being implemented in collaboration between the federal, state and local governments, aimed at feeding pupils in primary one to three,” she said.
According to her, the state currently engages 7,538 food vendors to cook for 444,099 pupils across the state, adding that the training would help the vendors as well as those that would subsequently join the programme.
A beneficiary, Mrs Hauwa Salihu from Toro LGA, said the training exercise came at a time when hygiene should be the watchword for women.
She appreciates the federal government for the gesture which she said impacted child education positivity.
The Federal Government on Friday said it has enrolled 64,607 vulnerable people in Adamawa under the Conditional Cash Tranfer scheme of the National Social Investment Programme (N-SIP).
The Focal Person of the programme in Adamawa, Mrs Mary Yuwadi, said this during the graduation of 194 graduates of the N-SKILLS programme, on Friday in Yola.
She said the beneficiaries were enrolled into the CCT programme across the 21 local government areas of the state, adding that the programme drastically reduced poverty and enhance wealth creation in the society.
“Presently, 28, 486 people are receiving N5,000 monthly stipend equivalent to N142,430 a year.
“The remaining 36,121 people will soon start benefiting from the scheme.
“Also, under N-Power Batches A, B and C, a total of 28,697 people have been enrolled in the state since inception in 2016, while 162,782 pupils captured under National Home Grown School Feeding Programme, where primary one to three pupils are receiving free meal a day, and about 2,259 cooks employed in the state,” she said.
She also revealed that 38,089 people accessed different loans to enable them to set up their businesses under the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP).
According to her, some 28,000 beneficiaries have been registered under GEEP 2.0 programme, adding that they would soon benefit from traders, farmers and market omen soft loans initiated by the government.
She said that 194 youth trained on phone repairs had received starter parks under the N-SKILLS programme in the state.
Yuwadi warned the beneficiaries against diversion of the kits and urged them to ensure effective utilisation of skills learnt and engage in productive activities.
In her remarks, Sadiya Umar-Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, said N-SIP programme iinitiated in 2015 was critical to President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s economic transformation programme.
Represented by Dr Umar Bindir, National Coordinator, Social Investment Programmes, the minister said that Nigeria has been recognised as one of the largest social protection programmes in Africa, with about $1billion dollars invested annually to improve the lives of the poor and most vulnerable in the country.
“Since the introduction of the programme in 2016, it has positively impacted on the lives of poor and vulnerable in Nigeria including persons with disability, internally displaced and returnees’ persons,’’ she said.
She said that the N-Skills was aimed at improving the quality and relevance of skills delivered using a certification system and to ease the transition of target beneficiaries to full time skilled employment.
One of the beneficiaries, Salihu Abdullahi, thanked the federal government for giving them the opportunity to participate in the programme.
Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Minister Sadiya Umar-Farouq on Thursday announced the training of 300 young people as mobile money agents for the South-South region of Calabar, the capital of Cross River State.
Under this program, at least more than 1,850 Nigerian youth would be trained as mobile money agents across the country.
The ministry would train at least 300 young people from each of the federation's six geopolitical zones as mobile money agents to fight poverty and unemployment.
The five-day training took place at the Venetian Arena, Murtala Muhammad Way, in Calabar.
The “Life Skills and Entrepreneurship Development Training” anchored by the Ministry's National Social Investment Program (N-SIP), was facilitated by Rotex Consulting Limited and Agent Network Expansion Facilities shared (SANEF).
The minister said that since the election of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015, the president has launched so many policies and programs targeted on poverty reduction, youth empowerment and wealth
Represented by Emma Deekor, Deputy Director of Finance and Account of N-SIP, Ms. Umar Farouq urged participants to take advantage of the training opportunity using the skills to improve their economic situation.
Ms. Umar-Farouq said the training is in line with President Buhari's pledge to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty within 10 years.
Buhari, on his national independence anniversary program, said he "remains convinced that our goal of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty within 10 years is achievable."
He said "given the positive impact of our social investment program", he approved an increase in the number of beneficiaries of the N-Power program from 500,000 to one million.
Participants were selected from the six states of Rivers, Cross River, Delta, Bayelsa, Edo and Akwa Ibom, constituting the South-South geopolitical zone.
By Doris Esa
The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development says the approval for the construction of a Friday mosque in Borno was to meet the demand of a displaced community.
The centre was for a community of livestock farmers displaced by Boko Haram insurgents and are being resettled in Ngarannam/Mafa Local Government Area of Borno.
The Director of Information in the ministry, Mr Theodore Ogaziechi, made this known in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.
He said that the ministry’s memo approving N30 million for the construction of a Friday mosque is an official document available for public scrutiny and review.
The statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to an online publication by a newspaper alleging that the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has come under fire on social media following a leaked memo conveying the approval of N30m for the construction of a Friday mosque with taxpayers’ fund.
“In addition, a government official memo, dated December 10, 2020 with ref. No. FMA/PROC/AHS/SIP/2020/7742/1 stating that the Ministerial Tenders Board approved the contract, was displayed on the platform.
“To put the facts straight, the memo is authentic and appropriate in all ramifications.
“It is original and was issued by the Ministry for the construction of a worship centre for a community of livestock farmers who were sacked and displaced in Borno State by Boko Haram insurgents and are being resettled in Ngarannam/Mafa local government, Borno.
“Apart from the mosque, other common facilities provided for the livestock farmers in the community include Solar Powered Boreholes with Overhead Tanks and Drinking Troughs for their cattle and small ruminants.
“(Others are) Water Harvesting Structures, Milk Collection Center, Resettlement Abode as well as other infrastructure to properly settle and rehabilitate the displaced livestock farmers.
“The construction of the mosque was a Special Request from the community through the Borno State Government to avoid moving too far from the settlement areas for prayers and also to ensure their safety and contact with the insurgents.
“The Memo is an official document and it is available for public scrutiny and review. It is, therefore, unfortunate for anyone to presume that the memo leaked.
“The Ministry is in no way perturbed about the matter because it received appropriate approval, carried out due needs assessment and ensured due process in the execution of the project.
“It is advised that in future, due diligence and restraint should be observed by our media friends before publication of this nature, meant for public good and security, are issued to avoid raising false alarm and creating unnecessary rancour in the public space which may lead to overheating of the polity,” he said.(NAN)(NAN)