- The federal government says it has begun the payment to Food vendors under the Home Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSF) in all 33 benefiting states
- Sadiya Farouq, the minister of humanitarian affairs and social development discloses that the new payment would ensure the feeding starts when schools resume in January 2020
- The minister notes that the government wants the school children to be fed on time and without any excuses
Food vendors under the Home Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSF) in all 33 benefiting states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) are already being paid by the federal government.
The minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Sadiya Farouq, made the disclosure in a statement on Sunday, December 29, Premium Times reports.
Farouq said the new payment would ensure that the feeding starts when schools resume in January 2020.
The minister explained that funds were released in December to ensure that both the suppliers and cooks have more time to procure and stock foodstuff against resumption date.
“We believe that paying these funds early is critical to the success of the programme. We do not want any hitches, and we want to ensure that the school children are fed on time, and without any excuses,” the minister said.
The minister told the food vendors that the government would not accept any drop in the nutritional quality of the meals given to the children.
Meanwhile, following the delay in payment to beneficiaries of N-Power programme across the country, the federal government has explained reasons for the current situation.
Speaking on the development, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq, minister of humanitarian affairs disaster management and social development, attributed the delay to the handing and taking over process of the programme.
Going further, she said that the delay is also connected to lack of proper exit plan for beneficiaries that enrolled in 2016.
She said the ministry is making efforts to develop an exit plan which was not in existence.
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