The Kogi State Government said it has recruited about 2, 200 caterers in the first two phases of the Home Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP).
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Special Projects and Kogi SIP Focal Person, Mr Abdulkareem Onyekehi, made this known at the “Sensitisation Programme and Official Resumption of HGSFP,” for the recruited caterers in the state.
He noted that the pilot phase of the HGSFP implementation began in the state on February 8 with 62,559 pupils in public schools in 18 LGAs, but was later suspended due to issues of non adherence to the national guidelines, in some North Central states.
He however said that Kogi State had been cleared by the national office to resume the HGSFP, which was officially inaugurated on Sunday.
According to him: “Eight hundred and fifty caterers are already captured, recruited and trained for the programme, while an additional 1, 296 caterers have been recruited in batch B, to join the batch A.
”It means that more than hundreds of schools and thousands of pupils will be captured; more jobs created, and many other benefits from the economic value chain of the programme.
”A very sensitive programme of this magnitude covering almost the entire state is not one to be handled with levity.
”Hence, we have put in place our Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) team, to monitor the various schools on a daily basis; to see that the caterers perform their work in line with national guidelines.”
He commended the state governor for the way the New Direction Government, was paying much attention to the programme and ensuring quality education in Kogi.
Governor Yahaya Bello, who was represented by Deputy Governor, Edward Onoja, called on the women to carry on their assignment diligently and not to “cut corners,” saying that the feeding programme is meant for children and not adults.
He urged them to give the best of hygienic nutrition to the children.