As the Buhari administration proceeds with the implementation of its Social Investment Programmes, the Federal Government has now released over N375 million this year to feed almost 700,000 primary school pupils in 5 states, while virtually all states of the federation, except two, are now being processed for the payment of N30,000 monthly stipends to 200,000 graduates, the N-Power beneficiaries.
Giving a media update in Abuja on Sunday, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Office of the Vice President, Laolu Akande, said the Muhammadu Buhari Social Investment Programmes, SIP, are proceeding at different stages of implementation.
According to him, regarding the Homegrown School Feeding Programme, the Federal Government last week released money for this year, to the states of Anambra, Ogun, Oyo, Osun and Ebonyi to cover the feeding for 10 school days.
The sum of about N375,434,870 has just been released and paid to 7,909 cooks in those states for the feeding of a total of 677,476 primary school pupils.
Mr. Akande gave the following breakdown:
Ogun State got a total of N119,648,900 paid to 1.381 cooks to feed 170,927 pupils.
Ebonyi State got N115,218,600 paid to 1.466 cooks to feed 164, 598 pupils.
Anambra State got N67.5 million paid to 937 cooks to feed 96,489 pupils.
Oyo State got N72. 2 million paid to 1437 cooks to feed 103, 269 pupils.
Osun State got N867,370 paid to 2688 to feed 142,193 pupils.
All monies are paid directly to the cooks and cover 10 days of school.
Later this week, Mr Akande further disclosed, those figures would go up when Zamfara and Enugu states are expected to be paid N188.7 million and N67.2 million respectively.
In Zamfara, the sum would be paid to 2,738 cooks to feed 269,665 pupils. And in Enugu, the sum would be paid to 1128 cooks to feed 96, 064 pupils.
*By then, he noted that over N631 million would have been released so far in 2017 for school feeding in 7 States, paid to 11,775 cooks and meant to feed over one million primary school pupils-exact number of pupils by then would be 1, 043, 205.
On N-Power, Mr. Akande stated that the process of payments of verified graduates who are beneficiaries has advanced and at different stages of progress in all but two states, noting that more and more of such beneficiaries are posting their glad experiences of receiving alerts on the social media.
This means, according to him, that payment of the December stipends which has gone across the country would be completed in all states except two that did not meet the extended deadline for the verification process for December stipends. He disclosed that the processing of January stipends are also in advanced stages.
He assured some beneficiaries who have issues to remain patient, while observing that quite a number of the beneficiaries have banking information irregularities. He said the payment of the unemployed graduates which has created a huge buzz across the country especially on the social media is being done in batches.
Regarding the Conditional Cash Transfer, CCT, payments continue in the nine pilot states of Bauchi, Borno, Niger, Kogi, Cross Rivers, Osun, Oyo Ekiti, and Kwara States.
While payment challenges are being experienced with the banks in some of the states, beneficiaries continue to receive their stipends which is being paid for two months-i.e. a total sum of N10,000 is being paid for the CCT beneficiaries to cover the months of December and January. The CCT payments would be done 6 times in a year, with a payment of N10,000 to cover two months.