Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board Chairman, Wahab Alawiye-King has said that the state government has concluded plans to make the much-publicised homegrown school feeding programme a means of restoring public confidence in governance, assuring Lagosians that its implementation would be based on a tripod of openness, transparency and accountability.
Alawiye-King gave this assurance on Sunday when he met some stakeholders, including Education Secretaries in the various Local Government Education Authorities across the State and School-based Management Committees and others who have specific roles to play in the chain of implementing the programme in Lagos.
He stated that though previous experiences of systemic failures in implementation of similar projects in the past had made members of the public to lose confidence in the sincerity of the programme, the Chairman promised that the current homegrown school feeding initiative would be implemented in an objective manner to further gain public confidence.
In his words, “we are not unmindful of the fact that politicization, lack of transparency and accountability sometimes associated with government programmes have made this home grown school feeding Programme attracted so much criticism, this further makes us realise that we are under close scrutiny by members of the public and we must not disappoint them.”
He expressed the belief that with the support of all the relevant stakeholders, the programme would not fail and that no one would be left in any doubt when the implementation finally begins.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on the project, Mrs. Titilola Adeyemi-Doro berated the media for also aiding the spread of untrue and baseless fallacies about the homegrown school feeding programne.
She called on all the stakeholders to go the extra mile beyond the call of duty and ensure that all hands are on deck to correct the misleading information and various scepticism relating to feeding school pupils in spite of schools closure.
“As we speak now, it is only Lagos State, Ogun State and FCT that have been paid for the programme and as a form of pilot scheme, the commencement of the programme is put on hold in other States, including Ogun State because we want Lagos State to provide a template for others to follow, this explains the rigorous planning process that we have subjected the initiative to over the past weeks in Lagos ” the SSA explained.
In line with the National and international Health and Safety Guidelines, LASUBEB also presented buckets, sanitizers, face masks, gloves and handwash to each Education Secretary of the 20 Local Government Education Authority for onward distribution to the 202 centres in preparation for the palliative distribution.