The Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board, LASUBEB, is set to kick-start the distribution of food palliatives to primary school pupils at home.
The Chairman of LagosLA SUBEB, Wahab Alawiye-King disclosed this on Thursday when he visited the warehouse where the food palliatives were kept in Ikeja.
Alawiye-king disclosed that the food palliative measure was part of the Presidential directive that the home grown school feeding programme must continue in spite of schools closure.
He noted that government agencies have been working relentlessly for the past weeks to ensure that the directive was carried out hence the reason for the monitoring of the exercise.
The programme is under the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Home Grown School Feeding Programme in collaboration with the Lagos State Government through the Universal Basic Education Board and all stakeholders in the basic education sub sector.
Allaying the fears that the programme might be sabotaged, the Executive Chairman noted that the beneficiaries have been identified and verified.
According to him ” We need to understand that the school feeding Programme has been running before now, it is targeted at primary 1-3 pupils in public primary schools. We have gone around using our school vendors and school management board based on available data to identify and verify the households that will benefit from the programme.
Alawiye-king also stated that transparency would be strictly adhered to as international and local organisations were part of the monitoring group to ensure that the food palliatives got to the right households.
The LASUBEB Chairman stated that over 37,589 households are being targeted for the pilot scheme with 202 centres already designated for the distributions.
The food items to be distributed, according to Alawiye-king were 5kg of rice and beans each, two rolls of sachet tomato paste, 500ml of palm and groundnut oil, salt and 12 pieces of eggs.
The Special Adviser to the President on National Home Grown School Feeding (NHGSF), Mrs. Titilola Adeyemi-Doro noted that the Federal Government was basically coordinating the process while the State Government was to take ownership of the programme because they knew how best to reach the students.
She also stated that the collaboration was with all stakeholders in the education sector with Lagos SUBEB taking the lead.
Mrs Folusho Ajimoti, Board Secretary of LASUBEB stated that the board had been going through series of meetings to ensure efficient distribution of the food palliative.
She said that vouchers would be distributed to the various households that had been identified for efficient distribution.
She also emphasized that board members alongside Education Secretaries of each Local Government as well as food vendors will form part of the distribution team with relevant stakeholders serving as monitoring team.