Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs trains managers, officials on school feeding programs

The Ministry of Humanitarian Aid, Disaster Management, and Community Development have started training managers and officers of the NHGSFP to improve their capacity.

Speaking at a two-day seminar in Abuja, the chairperson of the program, Aishatu Digital said the training aimed to ensure the provision of quality services.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the participants included program managers and school feeding officers across the country.

The School Feeding Program is a Federal Government program that provides free meals to students from primary 3 schools in public schools.

Aishatu further encouraged conference participants to play an active role in enabling them to gain the real knowledge they are expected to provide for the quality of service.

She said the participants will look at the important aspects of the school feeding program that they should add to see that they further improve their skills.

According to her, the program as a whole will be further strengthened.

“The school feeding program is such a unique development among all government services.

“It’s a partnership – the federal government is funding, designing, and implementing the program and the state government is responsible for the implementation.

“We want to take this opportunity to get back to the implementers because it is important to re-evaluate the implementation of the plan to make sure it is done by the relevant regulations,” she said.

One of the participants, Mr. Ifeanyi Onah, Enugu State School Feeding Program Manager, while praising the ministry for the initiative said the workshop was a good one.

Onah said program managers and officials were provided with tools to help them coordinate in the states.

He said the tools would help them in “verifying what is happening at the state level”.

According to him, this will enable the ministry to have a say in the program on time and to make the necessary arrangements for better decision-making and development of plans.

One of the participants, Mr. Gidado Abubakar, Team Lead, NHGSFP, Bauchi State, said the training would enable stakeholders to reflect on key issues for the program to move forward.

“We are here to look at the challenges, the level of implementation and the process to be followed to provide effective planning,” he said.

SOURCE: NAN

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