FG reiterate commitment to scale up intervention in Borno state.

By Dauda Iliya

The Federal government has promised to scale up intervention under the National Social Investment Programme to enable more vulnerable people benefit from Borno state. 

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Hajiya Sadiya Farouq made the commitment during a high level stakeholders engagement on National Home-Grown School Feeding programme in Maiduguri. 

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Hajiya Sadiya Farouq while briefing Borno state Deputy Governor Alhaji Umar Kadafur on the level of implementation of National Social Investment Programme said the state is actively participating in all the four programmes. 

Hajiya Sadiya Farouq explained that the present administration initiated the National Home-Grown School Feeding programme, Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme, Conditional Cash Transfer and the N-power as part of social protection mechanism for vulnerable people in the county. 

According to the Minister, over one hundred and nine pupils from 473 primary schools are currently benefiting from the school feeding programme in Borno state, assured to increase the number to 600,000 pupils. 

She advocated for adequate budgetary support to the state School Feeding Programme, facilitate sensitisation of communities and individuals on the importance of the programme and also to safeguard it from all forms of corrupt practices. 

Borno state Deputy Governor Alhaji Umar Kadafur thanked the federal government through the ministry of Humanitarian Affairs for enormous support in areas of provision of shelter to the displaced persons, humanitarian support among other interventions.

The Deputy Governor promised to put in place effective monitoring mechanism to ensure success of the programme. 

The state focal person of the National Social Investment Programme Hajiya Aisha Waziri called on the state government to argument the cost of feeding from seventy naira per child to at least one hundred naira due to current inflation and give special consideration to the state because of the insurgency.

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Hajiya Sadiya Farouq also handed over feeding utensils to Borno state government for onward distribution to pupils under the National Home-Grown School Feeding programme.

She said technology would be deployed to monitor the implementation of the programme. 

Minister of State Education Mr. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba noted that the feeding programme has increased school enrolment in the county. 

The Minister also inaugurated the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Centre equipped with modern facility to enhance teaching of science education at Federal government college Maiduguri. 

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