In 2021, under the Local School Feeding (NHGSFP) framework, the federal government allocated $ 142.3 billion to feed 9.86 million children, deworm seven million children, and count students.
The proposed allocation for the NHGSFP represents 40.5 percent of the total recurring spending of the nation’s social investment programs, NSIP, domiciled in the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, which was established in 2019.
The proposal of N142.3 billion is destined to attend the feeding of about 10 million, the deworming of seven million students from 1 to 3 primary school in 35 states and FCT and 60,000 children out of school, the enumeration of students and training of cooks and farmers. .
The National Assembly’s joint poverty alleviation commissions detailed this in a document obtained exclusively by PREMIUM TIMES and that the commissions sent to the Senate in October.
The humanitarian affairs ministry also told the National Assembly that in the next year it would expand the NHGSFP program to target another five million children in conventional and unconventional schools under the Alternative Schools Program.
In addition, it is planned to use 2.7 billion naira for the “purchase of feeding utensils, catching devices and cook aprons” for the feeding program.
In total, the NHGSFP could gobble up 145 billion naira in 2021.
The amount billed by the NHGSFP is a portion of the N400 billion (N350 billion recurring and N50 billion capital expenditures) proposed to the National Assembly for the implementation of the nation’s social investment programs (NSIP) in 2021 .
The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs has drawn up in pencil the proposed sum of 4.04 billion naira to cover next year’s expenses.
If approved as is, it would be a 29 percent increase from the N3.125 billion budgeted for the ministry in 2020.
As of September, only Naira 1.2 billion had been released from this year’s allocation, according to the document obtained here.
Of the amount that the ministry presented to the National Assembly, it said that N796.5 million would be for recurring expenses, which include N296.5 million for personnel and 500 million for general expenses, while N3.24 billion is for capital expenses .
“The personnel cost covers the salaries and benefits of the personnel of the two departments that were transferred from the old Federal Ministry of Women’s Affairs to the new ministry.”
Meanwhile, the ministry’s proposed capex is for 32 capital projects, comprising 29 ongoing projects and 3 new projects, according to the document.
Source: – Premium Times