January 28, 2023

Officials face DSS for diverting schoolchildren’s food

Police IRT patrol team (representative image)

From Mathew Jwantu, Minna

The Department of State Services is currently investigating teachers and cooks in Niger State for allegedly diverting food meant for the federal Home-grown School Feeding program in the State, Officials say.

Investigations so far suggest that instead of an egg each, pupils in public schools are fed a quarter egg a day, National Social Investment Program NSIP Focal  Person in Niger state and Special Adviser to the Governor on Social Investment Programme, Mrs. Amina Guar told Journalists in Minna, Thursday.

“Recently our program manager went to Gwada for monitoring and they told her that the children were short-changed.

“We found out that some of them keep about full crates in their houses to sell to tea vendors and they devide one egg into four and give to the children

“A group of women from Chanchaga primary school were also arrested over the same issue and handed over to DSS for interrogation.

Mrs. Guar said the federal government has injected N28 billion into the program toward creating jobs and eradicating poverty.

According to her, 21, 170 citizens of Niger have been enrolled into the N-Power component of the Social investment programme and another 19,753 households are currently recieving five thousand naira monthly stipend under the Conditional Cash Transfer segment.

The Home Grown School Feeding program, Guar benefiting over 14,000 schools in the State feeds 560,000 children daily, with paid 5,971 cooks, 846 abrogators, 6,368 soya cheers and 1,146 local suppliers.