The Special Adviser to the President on Social Investment Programmes, Office of the Vice President, Mrs Maryam Uwais has disclosed that the federal government is now feeding over 9,300,892 children in 49,837 government schools in 26 States.
Speaking on the update of the Programme for the past three years in Abuja Thursday, Uwais urged Nigerians to draw attention of government to any problem they may perceive arising in their respective vicinities on the programme.
According to her, “So far, we are feeding over 9,300,892 children in 49,837 government schools in 26 states. Being a programme that also aims at empowering communities, we have also engaged 96,972 cooks with over a 100,000 small scale farmers being part of the value chain, supplying locally sourced ingredients. It is noteworthy of mention that currently, public schools require 6.8m eggs, 594 cattle and 83 metric ton of fish weekly to be supplied to the cooks, for the purpose of feeding the children.”
She added that the Conditional Cash Transfer Programme under the social investment Programme is also giving out 5000 Naira monthly to 297,973 households in Nigeria, saying that it is currently being implemented in 20 states.
“As a critical component of the cash transfer programme, we have trained almost 3000 Community cash transfer facilitators in every ward where the programme is ongoing, to build the capacities of our beneficiaries and support them to become productive and take ownership of their lives.”
She noted that the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP) has so far reached over 1.1 million beneficiaries across the 36 states of the federation, with 27.4 billion in interest free loans, ranging from 10,000 Naira to 350,000 Naira disbursed so far.
On the N-power programme which is currently employing 500,000 youth graduate, the government have also supported 20,000 N-power non-graduate volunteers, who have been trained on skill centers in every state, and given tool boxes to enable them apply their newly acquired expertise in the building and automotive industries.
She concluded that the claim by Senator Biodum Olujimi that the social intervention Programme which was created for the benefit of every Nigerian is allegedly being manipulated to buy PVCs for President Buhari’s re-election is not true.
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