The Presidency on Saturday said out of a total of N900bn allocated to the the present administration’s National Social Investment Programme in the 2016 and 2017 Budgets, only N110bn was released.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice-President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, disclosed this in a statement while giving updates on the programme.
Akande said, “A total of N900bn was appropriated for the SIPs in 2016 and 2017; with N500bn appropriated for 2016 and N400bn appropriated for 2017.
“However, the total amount released was N110bn for 2016 and 2017, with the total expenditure of N109n.
“Below is a breakdown of the N109bn released between October 2016 and November 2017 for the SIPs, namely: GEEP, CCT, NHGSFP, N-power, and general expenditure.
“The GEEP expenditure was N11,700,200,466, while the CCT gulped N5,235,401,087.
“In the same vein, between October 2016 and November 2017, N22,370,719,017 was expended for the Home-grown School Feeding Programme; while N69,731,256,122 was expended on N-power, which is the Job Creation component of the SIP, during the same period.”
Akande also disclosed that over 246 million meals have been served to date to primary pupils across 20 states in the country, since the first meal served in December 2016 under the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme.
He said the figure would be increased reach 313,928,420 meals by the last week of February 2018.
He added that the programme now feeds 6,044,625 pupils in 33,981 public primary schools across 20 states.
More states, according to him, are expected to be added to the programme this year.
“The NHGSFP plans to implement feeding in a total of 28 States, while it aims to link farmers to school feeding markets,” he added.
Akande said many other milestones were recorded by the present administration’s NSIP in 2017, in line with its inclusive growth plan, which includes tackling poverty and hunger, and creating jobs for Nigerians.
He added, “About 40,000 direct jobs have since been created from the School Feeding Programme across the participating states.
“The 20 states that have so far been covered by the NHGSFP include Anambra, Enugu, Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Ebonyi, Zamfara, Delta, Abia, Benue, Plateau, Bauchi, Taraba, Kaduna, Akwa-Ibom, Cross River, Imo, Jigawa, Niger, and Kano.
“Also, in 2017, the school feeding programme collaborated with the Federal Ministry of Health to deliver an integrated deworming programme for pupils in all public primary schools classes 1 to 6 across 17 states nationwide.”
He disclosed that the school feeding programme now has a social media-based quality assurance tracking system, #TrackWithUs, ensuring that required standards for menu for pupils and meal distribution are adhered to across the states in a transparent manner.
“Similarly, the Conditional Cash Transfer has so far recorded over 280,000 beneficiaries in 21 states, while about 300,000 Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme micro-credit, interest-free loans have been disbursed nationwide.
“In the same vein, in 2017, the N-power scheme, which is targeted at providing jobs for unemployed young graduates, started its physical verification process for the 2017 applicants. In 2018, more beneficiaries are expected to be added to about 200,000 young graduates currently employed under the scheme,” he added.