The Federal Government of Nigeria has disclosed to newsmen over the weekend says that 1,113,000 pupils across Primary Schools in Bauchi state are to be captured during the enumeration of its Home Grown School Feeding Program (HGSFP) under the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management.
The Special Adviser to the Bauchi State Governor on Social Investment, Hajiya Amina Katagum who made this known during a Stakeholders Engagement on Enumeration of Beneficiaries scale-up of school feeding in Bauchi noted that the exercise became necessary in order to ascertain the number of beneficiaries of the programme in the state.
According to her, by knowing the exact number of the pupils, the ministry will ensure an adequate supply of food items to each school.
Hajiya Amina lamented that the program had suffered a few setbacks in the past due to inadequate statistics that made it difficult to ascertain the number of beneficiaries in all the schools, thereby, making the supply of food items very difficult.
She further said that some of the contractors and the people engaged to serve the food have not been honest with the program, adding that this development has made the program slow down.
The Special Adviser while expressing confidence that the enumeration exercise will address the bottlenecks militating against the success of the program, urged headmasters to cooperate with the officials of the ministry for the success of the program.
On his part, the Team Leader of the programme in Bauchi state, Gidado Garba Abubakar, said the program will continue to be funded by the Ministry, urging all concerned persons to do the needful towards the success of the programme.
He assured that at the end of the enumeration exercise, the actual number of the beneficiaries will be known and statistically entered which will, in turn, improve the quality of the food that will be served to the pupils.
Also speaking, the Project Manager of the National Home Grown School Feeding Program (HGSFP), Mrs. Doris Yashi stressed the importance of the enumeration exercise in the state which she opined will make the program more efficient and effective.
Doris Yashi said that every benefitting pupil in the state will be well fed as their number will determine the number of food items that will be supplied by the contractors while issues of cutting corners will be eradicated from the system.
She assured that the quality of the food to be served to the pupils would not be reduced, pointing out that there is a setup standard by the Ministry in charge of the programme which will not be compromised.