School Feeding: NGO sensitises Kaura community on accountability, ownership

A Kaduna-based NGO, Connecting Gender for Development (COGEN) has meet with communities in Kaura Local Government area of Kaduna State on the need to promote and community ownership in the Home-Grown School Feeding Program (HGSFP) in the State.

Mr Ebenezer Omolekun, Head of Programs for COGEN who spoke during a Town Hall meeting held Wednesday in Manchok, Kaura Local Government said the essence of the Town Hall meetings organised for Kaura, Jema'a and Zangon Kataf local government areas was to provide policy makers, beneficiaries and relevant stakeholders with evidence to promote accountability and responsiveness in the delivery of the School Feeding Program.

"We intend to track the implementation of the HGSFP in Kaura, Jema'a, and Zangon Kataf local government areas of Kaduna State and provide avenue for an interface with the government to improve upon the feeding program to ensure the well-being of the pupils.

"At the end of the meeting, we hope to have acquired knowledge on what host communities need to do to ensure effective delivery of government projects with particular reference to school feeding program," he said.

Mr Titus Mann, Guest Speaker at the event said the success of the school feeding program in Kaura community was largely dependent on the sincere commitment of members of the community themselves.

"The monitoring of the quality of meal our children take in schools is vital as it would impact of their physical and mental well-being which would in turn tell on their learning," he said.

Mann said the community should however, endeavor to priotise it's needs, adding, "we must identify those needs we need government's intervention as well as those ones we can handle ourselves".

Also speaking, Mallam Musa Ibrahim, Education Secretary of Kaura Local Government urged for the localisation of supply of eggs to the community for the program instead of contracting it from other areas which according to him led to shortages or damage in the course of transportation.

Mrs Mary Ayuba, a Teacher and participant at the meeting suggested that the State government should place the food vendors on salaries so as to rid them tendencies of extortion of monies meant for food items.

Mrs Ayuba applauded the organisers of the event and urged for its sustainability.

Compass Times reports that the meeting had attendance primary school teachers, Cooks, parents, representative of the traditional and religious leaders.

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