Free school feeding: FCTA targets 1,000 pupils
The Federal Capital Territory Administration has revealed that it is targeting 1, 000 pupils in Kwali, Bwari and Gwagwalada area councils in the implementation of National Home Grown Feeding School Programme, HGFSP.
Making this disclosure, FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, explained that the administration is kick starting the programme in rural communities across three area councils, because large number of the poorest of the poor reside in rural communities.
Bello spoke at a 2-day stakeholders' workshop with the theme: 'Developing Sustainable School Feeding Programmes', aimed at brainstorming on the operation modules of the programme in the FCT.
The minister, who was represented at the occasion by the Secretary for Social Development Secretariat, Hon. Oladimeji Ali-Hassan, assured that FCT administration is highly committed to implementation of the programme.
"We are starting immediately with Area Councils- Kwali, Bwari and Gwagwalada because we are already behind schedule. So we are starting very soon, in fact in the next few weeks. At least, we can start with three hundred to a thousand children, which will be a good start.
"We have done our survey, and that's why we plan to take the programme to where it's highly needed. It is children in the rural communities that need the programme the most," he stressed.
Earlier, Special Adviser to the President on Social Investment programmes, Maryam Uwais, said the programme focuses on feeding children of primary one to three, in selected schools.
Explaining the delay in the process of implementing the programme in the FCT, the President's aide said it because of non-availability of recommended database for the programme in the Territory.
She stressed that even though the FCTA is joining halfway through, what is critical is to implement the programme, as there is still about twelve states to go.
According to her, the federal government pays the number of cooks selected by the respective states, depending on the number of the children.
She therefore appealed to the stakeholders drawn from the education, health, agriculture and private sectors, to ensure quality and prompt delivery of the feeding programme in the FCT.