FG spends 28bn on school feeding, N-Power, trader moni in Niger

The federal government has iexpended over N48bn in the  feeding of 560, 000 school  children, N-Power, Trader moni and other programmes of the Social  Investment Programme (SIP) in the  paste five years in Niger state.

The Programme focal person in Niger state, Barrister Amina Gwer stated this in a statement made available to Blueprint at the weekend in Minna.

Gwer explained  that while the sum of N11, 041, 290, 000  was spent on 12, 171 beneficiaries under the N-Power  Programme,  another  sum of over 12.2billion was expended on the home  grown school feeding  programme  within  the  period  under  review. 

According to her, “over 560, 000 children  are currently being  fed under the Home Grown School  Feeding  Programme in the  state in addition to  creating  jobs  for residents. In the area  of creating jobs, which is one of the focus points,  5, 791 cooks have  been engaged. 846 aggregations have also  been  engaged. Others are 6, 368 soya cheese producers  and  1,146 local  suppliers. The Federal  Government  has so far injected  N12, 226, 082, 400. 00 into  the  programme in the  state.”

She explained that the N-Power  Programme  started with 4,467 beneficiaries in 2016 while  another  batch  of 7,704 beneficiaries  were recruited in 2017. 
She said,  “This brought the total number of beneficiaries to 12,171 who were  paid N30,000 monthly stipends.  The financial  implication from  2016 to 2017 is about N11, 041, ,290.000 paid by the  Federal  Government.”

According  to her the implementation of GEEP, the programmes which  enables beneficiaries  to  access micro credit through  Bank of Industry  has been  very  successful in the state with over 62, 112 beneficiaries  in market moni , trader moni and other soft loans to the sum  of over N950.6bn.