Abeokuta – Ogun State government on Wednesday said many parents in the state have removed their children and wards from private schools to government schools in the state.
This development, the government said, was due to the Home Grown School Feeding Programme of the Federal government as supported by the Ogun State government in the state.
The State Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Barrister Adeleke Adewolu revealed this during a press conference to flag off the feeding programme by Women Consortium of Nigeria, WOCON, in partnership with four other Non-Governmental Organisations.
Represented by the Special Adviser to the Governor on ICT, Bunmi Adebayo, the Commissioner hinted that the government has noticed increase in enrolment and retainership of pupils in the schools.
Adewolu said the students are now encouraged to get to school in time and wait until school ends, even after examinations are over.
According to him, over 25,000 farmers trained by the state government are also farming different crops to feed the pupils adding that there have been a boost in the income of market women.
He said the vendors have been empowered through their engagement in the programme and through the provision of cooking equipments distributed to all vendors through soft loans.
While thanking the NGOs foe the Monitor exercise, the State Programme Manager, Tinuola Shopeju said the professionalism brought by the partners has already added value to the programme.
She further explained that the programme has been meeting it’s objectives of enhancing pupils nutritional status, empowering women, and increase in agricultural production.
Shopeju said about 3,000 direct employment and 30,000 indirect employments have been created, adding that the success recorded is credited to the effective monitoring and supervision by different agencies.
The Project Manager of WOCON, Olukunle Adeogun while reading the text of the press statement said the programme has been noted to promote local agriculture as it utilises locally sourced food.
Adeogun said the mandate of WOCON is to monitor and evaluate the Project in 40 schools across four local governments of Abeokuta North, Ikenne, Imeko Afon and Odeda areas of the state.
According to him, the monitoring takes place from the tracking stage to the disbursement of funds while ensuring that monies assigned for the project are properly disbursed and utilised.
He said, “Most important to our supporting partners is for the Project to reveal how government’s disbursement of funds work in order to determine the indices that will provide the degree of trust required in the adopted procedures of the project implementation.
“Also, to critically evaluate this Feeding Programme without any bias or prejudice to the Executive Agencies, to ensure budget performance by ensuring the monies earmarked are used for the purpose for which they are meant.
“However, we are pleased to affirm that Ogun Meals Team has been on top of this project and has been most receptive and both objective in providing listening ears to all the members of our group.”
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Author: Sulaiman Fasasi