Doris Yashi, the Programme officer of the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP) in Bauchi State on Monday warned food vendors against compromising the feeding standard in the state.
Yashi gave the warning while addressing the food vendors during the revalidation of the programme in Bauchi.
She said that any erring vendors that compromised the standard of the feeding process in any of the public schools would be sanctioned.
“Any erring vendor that fails to adhere to the proper or acceptable standard of the feeding process will be sanctioned and possibly suspended from the programme.
“Therefore, we are appealing to you people to be sincere while providing food for our children; they are our children ,they need the best from you.
“Having done wrong by feeding the children with substandard foods other than what was required will not go down well with the management,” she said.
She said that the programme would not be suspended as speculated by some people, adding that the programme is for Nigerians and everybody has equal opportunity to be a vendor.
Yashi said that the management team had gone round the state to sensitise the vendors on the
revalidation of the programme and on COVID-19 protocols.
Also speaking, Alhaji Abdul Isa, the monitoring and evaluation officer of the programme in Bauchi State, said that the revalidation was to determine those vendors that might have died and those that married out of the state.
“We are supposed to capture those that are around and those that are not around to make sure they are replaced with others,” he said.
He said that the programme was suspended because of the the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, and that the programme would resume probably next week.
Isa said that no less than 3,131 public schools would benefit from it with about 700 food vendors across the state.
He also warned the vendors against violating the feeding process standard , saying serious actions would be taken against any erring vendor.
Isa advised the vendors not to fall prey to fraud or fraudulent officials ,urging them to report any suspected fraudulent claims by any officials to the management of the programme.
Earlier, Hajiya Rahina Tilde from the Bauchi State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, disabused the minds of the vendors over rumours that the programme would be taken away from them.
She also advised them to adhere to COVID-19 protocols to safeguard the children and themselves. (NAN)
– Oct. 19 2020 @ 16:25 GMT |