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School feeding: Vendors steal 200 crates of eggs, yam, rice

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School feeding: Vendors steal 200 crates of eggs, yam, rice

A desk officer has been caught with 200 crates of eggs stolen from the store of food meant for pupils in the home grown feeding of primary school pupils in Niger State. While responding to questions yesterday at a post-executive briefing, the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs. Amina Musa, disclosed that the person involved had been reported to the Department of State Services (DSS) for further action. Musa, however, said that over 560,499 pupils benefited from the programme in the state while 4,929 food vendors had been engaged.

She said: “My ministry has organised stakeholders’ meeting to ensure elimination of challenges and I have also warned vendors to desist from stealing food and other condiments. “We also gathered that some tubers of yam and rice were stolen thereby reducing the ration for schools.

Luckily, we eventually discovered and recovered the items.” The commissioner added that N392,300,000 was allocated to the state by the presidency for a period of 10 days. Musa also disclosed that the free feeding programme had led to increase in school enrolment of pupils in the state.

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