Kogi SIP Denies Feeding Pupils With Rotten Fish, Stale Bread

Social Investment ProgrammeSchool pupils eating during the take-off of Homegrown School Feeding Programme in Ibadan on Monday (30/1/17).
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The Kogi State Social Investment Programme (SIP) has denied reports claiming that it was feeding pupils with rotten fish and stale bread under the Home Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP).

Spokesman for the SIP, Ahmed Bachido said the report was “totally false”.

“There was never a time any pupil in any school was fed with either rotten fish or stale bread; adequate measures and monitoring are being carried out to forestall such anomalies,” he said.

“The safety of our pupils is important to us. Proper monitoring is put in place to ensure that pupils are fed with quality food at all times.

“The pilot phase was test-run in February 2019 and the food menu was carefully followed by all caterers. The food served to the pupils was perfect.”

Bachido laid emphasis on how the body had organised seminars and sensitisation programmes for the caterers, food vendors, primary schools’ heads, storekeepers and other critical stakeholders, to ensure strict adherence to terms and condition of HGSFP operations.

“The HGSFP in Kogi is effectively running and we are doing everything possible to make sure that the laid down guidelines for its operations are strictly followed by all stakeholders,” he said.

“The Kogi SIP Office is focused, committed and transparent; we shall not compromise standards.”

He also dismissed allegations of illegal deductions from caterers’ accounts, describing the claims as “a gross misrepresentation of facts”.

He stressed that there was a well-documented agreement between caterers and food vendors, where the caterers authorised the bank to debit their accounts for all payment due to their respective vendors who supplied food inputs.

He said that 850 caterers have been engaged while additional 1,500 caterers would be engaged soon.

“A total of 62,559 pupils captured from 447 schools are currently benefiting from the HGSFP, while 11,513 people are benefiting from the Conditional Cash Transfer,” he explained.

“A total of 4,192 market women are currently benefiting from the Marketmoni segment of the SIP.

“A total of 12,964 unemployed graduates, engaged in both Batch A and B, are currently benefiting from the N-Power Programme in Kogi.”

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