FG's SCHOOL FEEDING PLAN: 4 Pupils Share One Egg In Kaduna - NGO
The School Feeding Field Monitors of a Non-Governmental Organization, Connecting Gender for Development (COGEN), has alleged that teachers are eating meals meant for pupils in Kaduna State.
COGEN Head of Programs, Ebenezer Omolekun, told a town hall meeting that findings by the NGO revealed that one egg is being shared between two to four pupils in 46 schools; while two pupils share juice and biscuit in 26 schools.
He explained that the meeting with the theme, “Together We Can Build Our LGA and Make it More Prosperous” was primarily organized to mobilize communities to monitor the implementation of federal government's policy.
He explained that COGEN, with support from MacArthur Foundation is tracking the program in 60 schools, 20 each in Kaura, Jema’a, and Zangon Kataf Local Government Areas.
Rachael Musa, one of the monitors disclosed this during a Town Hall Meeting on the Federal Government’s Home grown School Feeding Program in Kafanchan.
She also said although every child is supposed to be given an egg once a week, the eggs do not usually go round because of short supply.
Similarly, Monday John, another monitor alleged that some politicians are collecting money from food vendors because they are not members of the ruling APC.
John also said that some members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have equally stopped their children from eating the food, saying it could be poisoned.
He described the development as serious, and urged those involved to stop the act so as not to sabotage the program.
Meanwhile, Esther Gushe, Assistant Head Teacher, Aduwan III Primary School, confirmed that eggs are usually in short supply in her school.
Yakubu Kyari, the Desk Officer of the program in the local government, said he receives between 300 and 400 crates of egg weekly instead of the 730 crates for the 177 schools in the area.
Kyari said teachers eating food meant for pupils have been warned to desist from the act or risk sanction.