President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Adviser on NSIP, Mrs. Mariam Uwais, revealed that the government spent N49bn on the feeding of primary school pupils under the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme.
Uwais has made this known on Tuesday and told newsmen in Abuja that 8, 596,340 pupils were currently being fed in 46,247 public primary schools in 24 states.
She said the states are: Abia, Adamawa, Akwa-Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Enugu, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Niger, Ogun, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Sokoto, Taraba, and Zamfara.
Uwais said: “We have created a value chain with significant economic benefits to the microeconomic development of the states.
“The value chain offers additional benefits of job creation and increased livelihood outcomes for both cooks and small holder-farmers, hence improving livelihood and the local economies.”
“The National Social Investment Office is ably empowered to suspend the programme in any state where the prescribed standard is reported to have fallen below expectation until a redesigned and realignment is achieved.
“You may kindly recall that a sum of N500 billion was appropriated for the NSIP budget in 2017, out of which N100 billion was allocated for the Social Housing Scheme under the Federal Ministry of Finance.
“Furthermore, out of the balance N400 billion, only N90 billion was released to the NSIP for the year 2017.”