In News by stephen abiodun on the 04th, August, 2020

COVID-19: “We Have Spent 500m On Faculty Feeding Programme” – Sadiya Farouq

Sadiya Farouq

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Catastrophe Administration and Social Growth, Sadiya Farouk, has revealed that the federal authorities spent about N523.three million on faculty feeding programme in the course of the lockdown in opposition to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The minister disclosed this on the Presidential Taskforce briefing on COVID-19 on Monday in Abuja.

She stated that this system was modified and carried out in three states following a March 29 Presidential directive.

In keeping with her, every take-home ration was valued at N4,200 and the EFCC, CCB, ICPC, DSS and a few NGOs had been reportedly invited to observe the method.

She stated “It’s vital at this juncture to supply particulars that may assist puncture the tissue of lies being peddled within the public house.

“The supply of ‘Take House Rations’, underneath the modified House Grown Faculty Feeding programme, was not a sole initiative of the MHADMSD.

“The ministry, in obeying the presidential directive, went into consultations with state governments by way of the state Governor’s Discussion board, following which it was resolved that ‘take-home rations remained a most viable possibility for feeding youngsters in the course of the lockdown.

“So, it was a joint decision of the ministry and the state governments to present out take-home rations.

“The stakeholders additionally resolved that we’d begin with the FCT, Lagos and Ogun States, as pilot instances.

“In keeping with statistics from the NBS and CBN, a typical family in Nigeria has 5.6 to 6 members in its family, with three to 4 dependents.

“So, every family is assumed to have three youngsters.

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“Based mostly on the unique design of the House Grown Faculty Feeding Programme, lengthy earlier than it was domiciled within the ministry, each little one on the programme receives a meal a day.

“The meal prices N70 per little one. If you take 20 faculty days per 30 days, it means a baby eats meals value N1,400 per 30 days.

“Three youngsters would then eat meals value N4,200 per 30 days, and that was how we arrived at the price of the ‘take-home ration’.

“The settlement was that the federal authorities would supply the funding whereas the states would implement it.

“To make sure transparency within the course of, we partnered with the World Meals Programme (WFP) as technical companions.

“TrackaNG monitored and gave each day updates validating the programme.

“Within the FCT, 29,609 households had been impacted, 37,589 houses in Lagos and 60,391 in Ogun, making a complete of 124,589 households affected between Might 14, and July 6.

“If 124,589 households obtained take-home rations valued at N4,200, the quantity will probably be N523,273,800.”

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