- Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (LASUBEB) is set to kick-start the distribution of food palliative.
- The chairman of Lagos SUBEB said that the palliative measure is part of the presidential directive for the homegrown school feeding programme
- Hon. Wahab Alawiye-King said all the beneficiaries of the programme have been identified and verified
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Despite being at home due to the lockdown in Lagos state, primary school children will continue to enjoy the homegrown feeding programme of the government.
Legit.ng gathered that the Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (LASUBEB) is set to kick-start the distribution of food palliative.
The chairman of Lagos SUBEB Hon. Wahab Alawiye-King disclosed this on Thursday, May 14, when he visited the warehouse where the food palliatives were kept in Ikeja.
Hon. Alawiye-king disclosed that the food palliative measure is part of the presidential directive that the homegrown school feeding programme must continue in spite of schools' closure.
He noted that government agencies have been working relentlessly for the past weeks to ensure that the directive is carried out hence the reason for the monitoring of the exercise.
The programme is under the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Home Grown School Feeding Programme in collaboration with the Lagos State Government through the Universal Basic Education Board and all stakeholders in the basic education sub-sector.
Allaying the fears that the programme might be sabotaged, the executive chairman noted that the beneficiaries have been identified and verified.
According to him: "We need to understand that the school feeding Programme has been running before now, it is targeted at primary 1-3 pupils in public primary schools. We have gone around using our school vendors and school management board based on available data to identify and verify the households that will benefit from the Programme.
Alawiye-King also stated that transparency will be strictly adhered to as international and local organizations are part of the monitoring group to ensure that the food palliatives get to the right households.
The LASUBEB chairman stated that over 37,589 households are being targeted for the pilot scheme with 202 centers already designated for the distributions.
The food items to be distributed according to Hon. Alawiye-king are 5kg of rice and beans each, 2 rolls of sachet tomato paste, 500ml of Palm and groundnut oil, salt, and 12 pieces of eggs.
The special adviser to the President on National Home Grown School Feeding (NHGSF) Mrs. Titilola Adeyemi-Doro noted that the federal government is basically coordinating the process while the State Government is to take ownership of the Program because they know how best to reach the students.
She also stated that the collaboration is with all stakeholders in the education sector with Lagos SUBEB taking the lead.
Mrs. Folusho Ajimoti, board secretary of LASUBEB stated that the board has been going through a series of meetings to ensure efficient distribution of the food Palliative.
She noted that vouchers will be distributed to the various households that have been identified for efficient distribution.
She also emphasized that board members alongside Education Secretaries of each Local Government as well as food vendors will form part of the distribution team with relevant stakeholders serving as monitoring team.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the federal government denied that it has earmarked N490million daily on feeding school children during the lockdown.
The clarification was made on behalf of the government by the federal ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development.
The ministry coordinates all humanitarian affairs in Nigeria including the school feeding programme of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.
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