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Lockdown: Government Spends Over N500 Million To Feed Children

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq has said that Federal Government has spent about N523.3 million on school feeding programme during the lockdown against the coronavirus pandemic.

She announced this at the Presidential Taskforce briefing on COVID-19 on Monday in Abuja.

Farouk made the revelation against the rumours and speculations going around one of our key interventions of the government – the Home Grown School Feeding Programme.

She said that the programmed was modified and implemented in three states following a March 29th, Presidential directive.

The three states are FCT, Lagos and Ogun.

According to her, each takes home ration was valued at N4,200 and that the figure was arrived at with proper consultation.

The minister said that the figure generated from statistics provided by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and the Central bank of Nigeria (CBN)

She further said that according to statistics from the NBS and CBN, a typical household in Nigeria has 5.6 to six members in its household, with three to four dependents and as such it is assumed that each household has three children.

The minister further explained that based on the original design of the Home Grown School Feeding programme, long before it was domiciled in the ministry, every child on the programme receives a meal a day.

She said each meal cost N70 per child and when 20 school days per month is taken, it means a child eats food worth N1,400 per month.

She further said that to ensure transparency in the process, the ministry has partnered with the World Food Programme (WFP) as technical partners and has also invited government agencies like the EFCC, CCB, ICPC, DSS and some NGOs to monitor the process.

An investigation into the programme revealed that the FCT, 29,609 households were impacted, 37,589 households in Lagos and 60,391 in Ogun, making a total of 124,589 households impacted between May 14, and July 6.

So if 124,589 households received take-home rations valued at N4,200, the amount will be N523,273,800.

Sallah Celebration: Buhari Gifts Two Cows To Corps Members In Hometown

President Muhammadu Buhari has donated two cows to Corps Members serving in Daura Local Government Area of Katsina State to enable them celebrate Eid-El-Kabir.

The representative of the President, Alhaji Lawal Buhari Daura, while making the presentation expressed satisfaction with the performance of Corps Members in Daura.

The president representative commended the corps members for selflessly contributing towards the socio – economic development of Katsina State and the nation at large for which he is grateful, admonishing them to continue on that positive stead.

Speaking on behalf of the Corps Members, NYSC Katsina State Coordinator, Alhaji Ahidjo Yahaya expressed gratitude to the President for the donation, as well as his fatherly care to all Corps Members which is a great source of motivation. He restated the commitment of Corps Members towards nation building.

Due to the Covid-19 guidelines, Buhari who use to celebrate Sallah in his home country, celebrated this year’s Eid in the State House in Abuja with just his family.

NUT Kicks Against Schools Reopening, Says Teachers Can’t Be Used As Guinea Pigs

The apex organization of teachers in the country, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has kicked against the directive given by the government for schools to reopen in order to have graduating students prepare for their external exams, saying that there are no provision whatsoever to protect the teachers and likewise the students against the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to the Union’s General Secretary, Mike Ene , he said government was playing politics with the directive. He added that he wondered how teachers , who had not been paid salaries in some states , would get money to buy personal protective equipment.

He further said that even no parents would want to make their wards be used as a guinea pig and that it is only who is alive that can speak of keeping hope alive.

Ene also said if government wanted teachers to resume , they should be provided with necessary materials and incentives.

He urged the government to ask Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to move around to make sure that the isolation centres are provided in schools and also ensured that the welfare and safety of the teachers are well taken care of.

The union hammered that government should stop taking teachers for granted and they should provide the necessity that will make the reopening of schools to be feasible before giving orders.

Nigeria Government Congratulates Mo Abudu Over Netflix Deal

The Federal Government has congratulated media entrepreneur and filmmaker Mo Abudu over her partnership with leading global streaming service Netflix to create two original series as well as multiple Netflix-branded films.

This was contained in a statement issued by Special Adviser on media to the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammedby, Segun Adeyemi, his SA on media, Segun Adeyemi.

He said that the partnership, for on-screen adaptation of Wole Soyinka’s ‘Death and The King’s Horseman’ and Lola Shoneyin’s ‘The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives’, adds another feather to Mo Abudu’s already well-adorned creative cap.

The Minister also described the deal as a big boost for the country’s Creative Industry, at a time the industry is reeling from the negative effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Alhaji Mohammed expressed the hope that this partnership will signal the beginning of a bigger, mutually-beneficial working relationship between the streaming service and Nigeria’s Creatives.

‘June 8 School Reopening, Not From Us’ FG

The federal government has described the purported reopening of schools on June 8 as a baseless news and however reeled out the procedures in place to reopen schools throughout the Federation.

This was made known by the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba while reacting to the June 8 resumption news. He said the news is baseless and fake.

The Minister explained that schools will remain closed until it is safe four school goers to return home safely without bring back Covid-19. He also said the federal government is not ready to take the risk of reopening schools now.

He said the Federal Government will rely on the opinion of experts and the guidance of the World Health Organisation before announcing any school resumption dates.

Nwajiuba said government is working on a model to ensure that all the children did not return to their schools at the same time to ensure physical and social distancing as well as proper sanitation and hygiene.
The plan entails adopting a two-shift system and allowing those who will write exams to return earlier than others.

He urged state governments and owners of private schools to plan ahead on how to ensure maximum safety when the resumption plan is unveiled.

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