In line with the resolve of Governor Mohammed Abubakar led administration to ensure healthy society, the Government of Bauchi State (represented by the Office of State Focal Person, Social Investment Programme) is reminding applicants under the Home-Grown School Feeding Program that undergoing medical examinations is a pre-condition for participating in the physical screening exercise scheduled to take place within the next two weeks.
Politics Nigeria discovered that this development is necessary to safeguard the health of our primary school children who will come into contact with the food vendors when the program commence fully. Only Medical certificate of fitness provided by the General Hospitals and other Government tertiary health institutions is acceptable. Completed application forms should be submitted alongside medical certificate of fitness and copy of identification of referee/guarantor with the Education Secretaries of the 20 Local Government Councils.
It’s projected that a whooping N5.67billion would be injected into the economy of Bauchi State within the first year of implementation of the program. Preparations have reached advanced stage for the successful applicants to be registered by three selected commercial banks when the screening is concluded. Subsequent steps in the implementation sequence include training of food vendors, provision of kitts/ kitchen utensils (on loan), deworming of school pupils, etc
A total of 3,381 food vendors are being targeted in the short run (at a ratio of 1vendor: 120 pupils) to feed over 400,000 pupils of primary 1-3 in the 2,565 public primary schools in the State. As one of the instrument through which economic recession in the country is being confronted, Home-Grown School feeding of the Social Investment Program would boost agricultural production, create jobs, increase school enrollment/completion and improve child nutrition.