The Federal Government, on Sunday said it has so far disbursed N375.434 million this year under its school feeding programe to 7,909 cooks, for almost 677, 476 primary school pupils across five states of the country.
Giving a breakdown of the figures, Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant (media) to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said in a statement that the Social Investment Programmes (SIP) of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration, are proceeding at different stages of implementation.
As an integral part of the Homegrown School Feeding Programme, he said in his regular Media Update in Abuja, the Federal Government last week released the money for this year to stakeholders in Anambra, Ogun, Oyo, Osun and Ebonyi to cover the feeding for 10 school days.
While Ogun State got a total of N119, 648, 900 paid to 1.381 cooks to feed 170, 927 pupils; Ebonyi with N115, 218, 600 paid to 1.466 cooks to feed 164, 598 pupils.
Another 1,437 cooks in Oyo State received N72.2 million to feed 103, 269 pupils; while in Anambra, N67.5 million was paid to 937 cooks to feed 96,489 pupils; while Osun State got N867,370 paid to 2688 to feed 142,193 pupils.
These figures, Akande said, would increase when Zamfara and Enugu States are paid N188.7 million are paid to 2,738 cooks for feeding 269,665 pupils; and N67.2 million to 1,128 cooks for 96,064 pupils.
By then, he noted that over N631 million would have been released so far in 2017 for school feeding in seven States, paid to 11,775 cooks and meant to feed over 1,043,205 primary school pupils.
Meanwhile, Akande added that virtually all States of the federation, except two, are now being processed for the payment of N30,000 monthly Stipends to 200,000 graduates N-Power Beneficiaries.
“The process of payments of verified graduates who are beneficiaries has advanced and at different stages of progress in all but two states, noting that more and more of such beneficiaries are posting their glad experiences of receiving alerts on the Social Media.”
This shows, he continued, that payment of the December stipends which has gone across the country would be completed in all states, except two that did not meet the extended deadline for the verification process for December stipends.
He disclosed that the processing of paying January stipends are also at advanced stages, urging those beneficiaries with issues to remain patient, while observing that quite a number of the beneficiaries have banking information irregularities. He said the payment of the unemployed graduates which has created a huge buzz across the country especially on the Social Media is being done in batches.
“Regarding the Conditional Cash Transfer, CCT, payments continue in the nine pilot states of Bauchi, Borno, Niger, Kogi, Cross Rivers, Osun, Oyo Ekiti, and Kwara States.
“While payment challenges are being experienced with the banks in some of the States, beneficiaries continue to receive their stipends which is being paid for two months- a total sum of N10,000 are being paid for the CCT beneficiaries to cover the months of December and January. The CCT payments would be done six times in a year, with a payment of N10,000 to cover two months,” he added.