…flags off scheme Thursday
By Joseph Erunke – Abuja
The federal authorities will on Thursday, formally flag off the National Residence Grown Faculty Feeding Programme, NHGSFP, Covid-19, meant to feed faculty youngsters from their houses, in the face of lockdown following coronavirus outbreak in the nation.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Catastrophe Administration and Social Improvement, Sadiya Umar-Farouq, is predicted to launch the programme at Kuje Central Main Faculty on the scheduled date.
The minister’s Special Adviser on Media, Salisu Danbatta, who disclosed this to Vanguard, stated details of the programme can be unveiled on the launch, declining to speak on enquiry sought on some issues by the latter.
“Why not wait this Thursday to know particulars of the programme as a result of the minister might be formally launching the programme on the Kuje Central Main Faculty on Thursday. All I can inform you now's that she would current an in depth speech containing the programme on that day.
“Attempt to be there to listen to what she is going to say as a result of I feel her speech that day will tackle all you're in search of”, he informed Vanguard, declining to speak additional.
According to Vanguard earlier report, the minister had last Thursday, at the day by day Presidential Process Drive briefing on COVID-19, stated the programme will go on in-home following the shutting down of faculties because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Farouq stated the federal authorities along side states would go forward with the feeding of faculty youngsters of their respective houses since faculties have been shut down.
Disclosing that a total of 3.1 million homes were targeted as beneficiaries of the programme, she stated: “We've made progress within the overhauling of the homegrown faculty feeding programme and sensitisation has already begun within the three frontline states of Ogun, Lagos and the Federal Capital Territory for implementation.
“The overhauling was sequel to a March 29, 2020 directive by Mr President to determine modalities and continuation of the varsity feeding programme through the COVID-19 pandemic within the lockdown states as of then.”
Farouq in the Vanguard report noted that following the directive to that effect by President Muhammad Buhari, her ministry in collaboration with state governors had worked out modalities for the implementation of the home feeding programme.
“The plan has been adopted, with implementation now set to begin. The programme will, subsequently, be carried out based mostly on knowledge offered and buildings put in place by collaborating states with help from companions that embrace the World Food Programme.”
The minister had explained that the food can be distributed door-to-door, as vouchers can be allocated at particular assortment occasions to keep away from overcrowding.
She defined that the vouchers can be redeemed at designated distribution sites.
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