The Government of Kogi State has revealed that about 2,200 caterers have been recruited in the first and second phases of the Home Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP) in the state.
Speaking at sensitisation and official resumption of the feeding programme, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Special Projects, Mr. Abdulkareem Onyekehi, said that a total of 850 caterers have been recruited and trained for the programme, while 1,296 caterers have been recruited in batch B to join the batch A.
While stating that the programme which began in February was suspended due to non-adherence to the National Guidelines by some North Central states, Onyekehi said that the state has been cleared by the national office of the HGSFP to resume the programme.
In his words, “It means that more hundreds of schools and thousands of pupils would be captured, more jobs would be created and many others to benefit from the economic value chain of the programme.
“A very sensitive programme of this magnitude covering almost the entire state is not one to be handled with levity.
“Hence, we have put in place, our Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) team, to monitor various schools on a daily basis, to see that the caterers perform their work in line with national guidelines, ”he said.
Onyekehi noted that the pilot phase of the HGSFP implementation began in Kogi on February 8, 2019, and catered for 62,559 pupils in public schools in 18 LGAs of the state.