FG spends N6bn on feeding 2.8m pupils
Military invasion: FG assures UN of safeguarding diplomatic status
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)
A boy harvesting fish at a pond in Abuja at the weekend.