FG spends N6bn on feed­ing 2.8m pupils

Mil­i­tary in­va­sion: FG as­sures UN of safe­guard­ing diplo­matic sta­tus

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

The Pres­i­dency said it paid N6.2 bil­lion 14 states dur­ing the school year end­ing this month for the feed­ing of 2,827,691 stu­dents out of the three mil­lion tar­geted for this year.

The Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant to the Act­ing Pres­i­dent on Me­dia and Pub­lic­ity, Laolu Akande, listed the ben­e­fit­ting states as Anam­bra, Enugu, Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Ebonyi, Zam­fara, Delta, Abia, Benue, Plateau, Bauchi, Taraba and Kaduna.

He said a to­tal of 33,895 cooks had been en­gaged in the com­mu­ni­ties where the schools were lo­cated across the 14 states.

Akande gave a breakdown of the pay­ment thus: “Anam­bra state re­ceived a to­tal of N693,013,300, while a to­tal of 103,742 chil­dren have been fed thus far, with 1,009 cooks paid.

“Enugu state got a to­tal of N 571,877,400 and 108,898 chil­dren have been fed so far, with 1,276 cooks The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment yes­ter­day as­sured the UN of its com­mit­ment to re­spect and safe­guard diplo­matic sta­tus of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s per­son­nel and prop­erty in Nige­ria.

The Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs, in a state­ment by its Act­ing Spokesper­son, Ms Jane Adams, said the as­sur­ance was se­quel to the mil­i­tary search of the UN premises in Maiduguri, Borno on Au­gust 11.

UN Hu­man­i­tar­ian Co­or­di­na­tor for Nige­ria, Ed­ward Kal­lon, had on Au­gust 11 ex­pressed con­cern over the unau­tho­rised search of the UN base for hu­man­i­tar­ian paid.

“In Oyo state, a to­tal of N490,296,800 was re­leased by the FG for the feed­ing of 107,983 chil­dren, with 1.372 cooks en­gaged.

“Osun state re­ceived a to­tal of N1,000,394,888 for the feed­ing of 151,438 chil­dren. A to­tal of 2,863 cooks were en­gaged in the state.

“Sim­i­larly, Ogun state re­ceived a to­tal of and N1,042,217,400 for the feed­ing of 231,660 school­child­ren, while a to­tal of 2,205 cooks were paid.

“For Ebonyi state, a to­tal of N344,633,100 has been re­leased for the feed­ing of 163,137 pupils so far, with a to­tal of 1,453 cooks paid.

“In the same vein, Zam­fara state re­ceived a to­tal of N402,295,600 for the feed­ing of 107,347 school­child­ren, while 1,127 cooks were en­gaged.

“Delta state re­ceived a to­tal of N225,896,300 for the feed­ing of 141,663 pupils. A to­tal of 1,364 cooks were en­gaged in the state. “Abia and Benue states re­ceived

to­tal of N128,763,600 and a work­ers in Maiduguri se­cu­rity forces.

The Min­istry ex­pressed Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s re­gret over the in­ci­dent not­ing that gov­ern­ment recog­nised its obli­ga­tions un­der in­ter­na­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian law and prin­ci­ples which pro­tect all hu­man­i­tar­ian or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment, how­ever, noted with sat­is­fac­tion the suc­cess of the col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­forts by the Nige­rian Army, the Borno gover­nor and the UN team in Nige­ria.

“It also noted the ef­forts to re-es­tab­lish trust, con­fi­dence by N337,157,800 re­spec­tively to feed a to­tal of 61,316 and 240,827 pupils re­spec­tively. In Abia state, a to­tal of 750 cooks were en­gaged, while 3,344 cooks were paid in Benue state.

“Sim­i­larly, Plateau and Bauchi states re­ceived a to­tal of N133,187,600 and N214,909,101 for the feed­ing of a to­tal of 95,134 and 307,013 pupils re­spec­tively in the states. Also, 1,418 cooks have so far been en­gaged in Plateau state, with 3,261 in Bauchi state.

“For Taraba state, a to­tal of N120,284,500 was paid and 171,835 pupils have thus far been fed, with a to­tal of 2,596 cooks paid.

Kaduna state re­ceived a to­tal of N499,985,500 while 835,508 pupils have been fed so far. Also, a to­tal of 9,857 cooks were paid un­der the pro­gramme in the state.”

He said more states and pri­mary school pupils across the coun­try were ex­pected to ben­e­fit from the feed­ing pro­gramme when schools re­open next month for a new ses­sion. and co­op­er­a­tion, be­tween the Nige­rian Army and the UN in Maiduguri.

“The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment ap­pre­ci­ates the vi­tal sup­port be­ing pro­vided by the UN and other hu­man­i­tar­ian or­gan­i­sa­tions in ad­dress­ing the hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis in the north east east of the coun­try,” the Spokesper­son said.

She said gov­ern­ment would con­tinue to take all nec­es­sary mea­sures to re­spect and safe­guard the neu­tral­ity of these in­sti­tu­tions and the diplo­matic sta­tus of the UN per­son­nel and prop­erty in Nige­ria.(NAN)

Photo: Felix Onig­binde

A boy har­vest­ing fish at a pond in Abuja at the week­end.

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