Bayelsa State has announced that the state will be ready to participate in the feeding of primary 1-3 pupils in the state under the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme NHGSFP by the next school term.
The Commissioner for Education of the state Dr. Gentle Emelah stated this during a high-level meeting with the Permanent Secretary of the State, the Ministry of Education, state Focal Person and a team deployed by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to the state, to conduct a second technical assessment visit to ensure that the state government to join the School Feeding Programme.
Mr. Emelah said that the state is working towards fulfilling the requirements and joining the feeding programme next term.
“We have been working on the modalities of accomplishing all requirements since your first visit and we hope that by the beginning of the next school term, the pupils will be onboarded unto the programme. We understand the importance of the programme and its advantages to the State and we are working hard to join the feeding programme”.
Earlier, the Technical Assistant to the Minister on the NHGSFP and Team Lead Zainab Abubakar, recalled that the first official visit in 2021 was to provide technical support and guidance to the State on the implementation requirements of the NHGSFP.
“We are here to carry out an additional technical assessment of Bayelsa State’s readiness based on the observations and recommendations of the first assessment. This second visit is to ascertain the compliance level of the state on the requirements.
“We want to ensure the buy-in of the Bayelsa State Government for the onboarding unto the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme and to provide technical support and guide towards ensuring a successful commencement and implementation of the feeding programme”.
Another meeting was also held with the first lady of Bayelsa State Dr. Mrs Gloria Diri who assured the Ministry’s team of her commitment to ensuring that the State fulfills the conditions of the programme and keys into the laudable program.
Other participants at the meeting include the Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Education Mr. Christopher Ewhrudjakpo, State Focal Person National Social Investment Programmes Hon. Benson Emmanuel, Programme Manager NHGSFP Mr. Tobi Thomas Perekebina as well as Gambo Lawal Gwaram and Ibiene Green.
Over 9 million children are currently said to be benefiting from the programme in Nigeria.