Compiled by Isyaka Laminu Badamasi
The Home grown schools feeding program introduced by the APC administration under the National Social Investment program as a components of Npower,GEEP,CCT,Trader Moni among others .
The program was applauded by many including the United Nations, describing it as one of the best social security program in recent times.
Bauchi state is one of the benefiting state, its also one of the pioneer states that enjoyed almost all the components of the social investment program,many lauded the effort of the pionee Focal Person of the program Manu Soro, unfortunately for weeks after resumption of second term nothing has seen by pupils and women benefitting from the program.
The program has provided opportunity for income generation to the food vendors (women) and self reliance, it also serves as a source for income generation to the market men and women who serves as protein and boost the economic activities in the country.
The program in some places,especially in the rural areas brought back many deserted pupils back to the classrooms.
Uncomfirmed reports indicate that many states received their January and February allocations, unfortunately here in Bauchi, we are in third week of February and in week seven of the second term of thirteen weeks and still counting without the program.
Unfortunately there no explanations from the NSIP office here in Bauchi or from the newly introduced Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs handling the program.
Not only the home grown schools feeding, other components are facing their own version of the problems taking the Npower as example , the beneficiaries nationwide are yet to receive their January stipends. These delays has now become tradition considering what happened in 2019, the beneficiaries received their October, November and December stipends on the 10th , 11th and 31st of December 2019.
While millions of Nigerians are waiting for the official opening of the Npower website to apply for the next batches, the other problems are the exit package of the 2016 beneficiarie, device selection and distribution of the 2017 beneficiaries have become the topics of debates among Nigerians.
It therefore hope the beneficiaries of the programs (all the NSIP Components) will not fall among victims of negligence from the part of the executive or a sabotage from the legislative arm and corruption from the civil servants.
It therefore hope that the newly appointed Special Adviser and State Focal Person on NSIP Bauchi state, Hajiya Amina Mohammed Katagum will use her decades of administrative expertise and wealth of experience to correct this anomalies.