Group To Monitor School Feeding Programme In Kaduna

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By: Mayen Etim

KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – A group under the aegis of Connecting Gender for Development, (COGEN) has said it has put in place measures to monitor the Federal Government Home Grown School Feeding Programme, (HGSFP) in 60 schools in Kaduna state for accountability and efficiency.

Executive Director of COGEN, Ms Ngukwase Surma, disclosed this at an inaugural meeting of the media platform which would disseminate findings of the tracking project to the general public in Kaduna on Thursday, May 31, 2018.

Surma said COGEN with the support from MacArthur Foundation would track the programme in 60 schools, 20 each from three LGAs in Southern Kaduna; Kaura, Jama’a, and Zangon Kataf.

She explained that the goal was to ensure that Kaduna State Government successfully implements the programme to promotes learning, enrollment, retention and completion of primary school by pupils.

“We also want to ensure that transparency, accountability and responsiveness are adhered by all stakeholders involved in the project.

“We have our field monitors in all the communities we are monitoring the programme; they observe, record and file their reports

“The findings would provide policy makers, communities, other relevant stakeholders with evidences that would enable accountability in the delivery of the programme,” Surma said.

The Executive Director disclosed further that a total of 420 schools in the state would be track by five NGOs under the project for the next three years, all with support from the Macarthur Foundation.

She identified the other Cohort members of the project as; Action Aid Nigeria, Girl Child Concern, (GCC), Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria, (FOMWAN), and Nigeria Popular Theatre Alliance, (NPTA).

COGEN Head of Programmes, Mr Ebenezer Omolekun, said that the media platform was designed to widely disseminate the findings from the tracking exercise to the general public.

“What we want to achieve is judicious utilisation of resources, accountability and value for money,” he said.

About 1.6 million primary 1-3 pupils in 3,752 primary schools in the state are being fed, under the programme.

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