The Delta State Government has warned that it will not tolerate any act capable of undermining the success and credibility of the Federal Government’s Home Grown School Feeding Programme ( HGSFP ) which commenced in the state, barely two weeks ago.
The state government handed down the warning in Asaba, the state capital during an interface with some of the already accredited food vendors for the programme in Delta North Senatorial District of the state.
Speaking during the enlarged meeting held at St. Patrick’s College, the focal person for the exercise in the state, and Executive Secretary, Delta State Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency ( DSMSMEDA ) Mrs. Shimite Bello, said that the advise has become imperative as according to her, the state Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa is irrevocably committed to ensuring that the programme succeeds, adding that the welfare of every child in the state remains a top priority to the Governor.
While addressing some of the abnormalies witnessed within the pilot two weeks of the exercise in the state, Bello said that the state government, henceforth, will not entertain excuses, stressing that every school vendor as well as management of each of the schools, must adhere strictly to the established rules and regulations in relation to the HGSFP.
Speaking further, Bello said, “There is a good news for all of us and the good news is that the Federal government is already considering extending this programme beyond the hitherto two years arrangement. The proposed extension, however is dependent on the succees of the first two years. Therefore, you must committed and dedicated to ensuring that this programme succeeds.
“You must have it in your mind that this programme was not intended as a platform for you to enrich yourself, rather, you must endeavour to do the needful and that is to feed the children you were assigned to feed .
“Do not forget that if you fail to feed the children that you were assigned to feed, you will be cheating the state and depriving the children off their rights and the state Governor, Senator Dr Ifeanyi Okowa will not be happy with you.
“If at the end of the day you are doing what you were expected to do, there will be justifications for the programme to be extended”. Bello stated.
Also speaking at the event, the state commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Chiedu Ebie, who was represented by his Technical Assistant, Mr. Ernest Ossai, advised the food vendors to ensure that they maintain good working relationship and robust synergy with the various school management in order to ensure that the programme succeeds.
In their various remarks, some of the food vendors, while thanking the Federal and State governments for ensuring the kick off of the exercise in the state, assured the state government of their commitment towards making sure that Delta becomes the most successful state in terms of the implementation of the HGSFP