In order to device ingenious means of sustaining the Homegrown Feeding Programme, in-spite of the closure of schools in Lagos State, the Special Assistant to the President on National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP), Mrs. Titilola Adeyemi-Doro and the management of Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board, LASUBEB, on Friday met with some critical stakeholders of public primary schools in the State.
The meeting, held at LASUBEB headquarters in Maryland, according to the Special Assistant, was convened at the instance of Mr. President, to sensitize stakeholders in the State to take ownership of the initiative and make it realizable.
Explaining that some distribution centres have been identified across the State where the palliatives from the Federal Government would be given to the beneficiaries, Adeyemi-Doro disclosed the items in each of the packages include 5kg rice, 5kg beans, 500ML of vegetable oil, 750ml of palm oil, 500mg of salt, half crate of egg and tomato paste.
“My sincere appeal to all stakeholders that would be in charge of the programme is to ensure that the items get to the intended beneficiaries who are public primary school pupils in primary 1-3, as already captured under the programme”, she said.
She emphasised that since the programme has not been able to capture all primary 1-3 pupils before the state-wide lockdown, the relief items, according to her, would equally be extended to other qualified pupils who are yet to be captured.
In his remarks, the Executive Chairman, LASUBEB, Hon. Wahab Alawiye-King, disclosed that the Board has adopted the protocols and modalities to be be used in distributing the palliatives, stressing that stakeholders at the event could go back to their respective domain and seek the buy-in of the larger public.
Insisting on the transparency of the process, Alawiye-King assured that the State government would mobilize security operatives to all the distribution centres to ensure adequate security and strict adherence to all prescribed safety measures.
He said: “This is Lagos. We believe in transparency and orderliness. Nothing shall be done to compromise the process. Our security architecture is up to the task and we are confident that the State government will give us the necessary support to ensure a seamless process.”
Responding on behalf of School Based Management Committee, the Baale of Marine Beach and Central Chairman of Apapa and Apapa-Iganmu LCDA Schools-Based Management Committee, Dr. Joseph Omobolanle Ogunmola, assured both the Federal and State governments of necessary support to make the programme a success.
He said: “We would work assiduously to ensure the programme succeeds. I urge parents to cooperate with the officials that would be coming to distribute the palliatives so that the good intention would not be defeated.”
Speaking on behalf of all Education Secretaries in the State, the Education Secretary of Ikeja and Chairman of Conference of Education Secretaries in Lagos State, Comrade Amodu Hakeem Abolore, described the initiative as a laudable one that should be embraced by parents of concerned pupils
The National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) is a one meal per day school feeding programme designed by the Federal Government to improve the health and educational outcomes of public primary school pupils, using locally grown farm products.