FG Wants Us To Feed Pupils all kind of food with just #35 naira

vendors participating in the Federal Government’s Home Grown
School Feeding Programme in Kaura Local Government Area of
Kaduna State have stated that N35, which is the cost price of the
meal per child they are expected to provide, is not feasible.
The vendors stated that the food is supplied at N50 per plate,
broken down as N35 cost price and N15 profit.
Speaking with NAN on Sunday in Kaduna, Yakubu Kajang, the Desk
Officer of the programme in Kaura, confirmed that N50 was
budgeted per plate, and 261 vendors participate in the programme.
The vendors, however, lamented the cost price, which they
described as “no longer feasible” and urged the Federal
Government to review the price.
Mrs Alice Emmanuel, one of the vendors, who supplies food to
U.B.E. Zwahu Kazah in Manchok, said: “Price of food items are on
the increase and we are expected to prepare a nutritious meal with
just N35. If you put one and two together you will realise that we
spend more than N50 per plate.
“We have to use the vegetable we planted in our backyards meant
for family use and, in some cases, even beans in the house are
not spared, just for us to really have something to take home as
profit.
“We are in a serious dilemma because N35 is no longer feasible to
prepare a nutritious meal, and if the food falls below quality it will
be rejected by the school authorities.
“We are appealing to the Federal Government to increase the
amount from N50 to N100 per plate for the programme to achieve
its aim of empowering poor women like us. We are currently
running at a loss.”
Mrs Hajaratu Kato, another vendor, who noted that a measure of
rice sells for between N550 and N600, while beans cost N500,
stated that for the 53 pupils she supplies meals at Unguwan Nka,
Gizagwai, Manchok Primary School, she uses seven measures of
rice and three measures of beans, which cost N5,700.
According to Kato, “When you multiply N50 by 53, it will give you
only N2,650. That is what I get for supplying rice and beans that
cost me N5,700, minus money spent on fish, vegetable, crayfish
and other ingredients.
“When you minus N2,650 from my cost of N5,700, you will see that
I am already at a loss of N3,050. This is why some vendors had to
either cut down the quantity of food per plate or reduce the quality
to make profit, or better still, use some food items for family use
to reduce cost.”
Jummai Dauda, another vendor said: “We are incurring huge
losses in the name of empowerment. The Federal Government
should look into this and do the needful. Food items are expensive.
N35 is really not realistic.
“Some of us are still doing this because we are mothers and a
mother is always ready to make the needed sacrifice for her
children, particularly when it comes to feeding.
“If the rate can be increased to at least N100 per plate, it would go
a great way in meeting the programme’s objectives, but as it is
now, it is simply impoverishing us.”
NAN reported that around 1.6 million primary one to three pupils in
3,752 primary schools in Kaduna State are being fed under the
programme.
Five non-governmental organisations – Connecting Gender for
Development; Action Aid Nigeria; Girl Child Concern; Federation of
Muslim Women Association of Nigeria and Nigeria Popular Theatre
Alliance – with support from MacArthur Foundation are carrying
out an ongoing monitoring of the programme in the state to ensure
transparency.

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  1. Good post

  2. Hmmm

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