The Programme Manager, National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP), Abimbola Adesanmi, has charged Nigerians to partake in the monitoring mechanism put in place by the Federal Government to ensure that the purpose of the programme is not defeated.
Adesanmi, who made this call in a recent broadcast, explained that the ongoing Track-with-us campaign was put in place in order to monitor the activities of the cooks and ensure that their activities are based on our localized menu which has been designed in each State.
In her words, “The National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme is designed to feed pupils in Public primary schools, primaries 1 to 3, and we have established a monitoring mechanism that allows class teachers to provide immediate feedback on the meals that the children received each day from cooks.”
“Across the country, we have 44,000 cooks already recruited on the programme, who are mandated to serve the bill Based on our localized menu which has been designed in each State. The localized menu is then monitored by the headteacher that the cook complies to it. Feedback is given to the Local Government Education secretary who passes this on to the State and then to the Federal Government.” She added.
She further said that the Government has a team of youths on the field who are engaged to go to these schools to monitor the activities of the cooks, stressing that it is important for Nigerians to report any observation contrary to the aim of the programme.
“Your feedback to us also helps us to improve on what all these systems are doing currently and any cook who we find out has not complied with the laid down guidelines on the programme is removed immediately”. She said.
“We request that as you provide this information to us, we would like to have the schools, the local government where the schools are and if possible, the cooks, so that we could reward or discipline as appropriate.” She added.
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