Some civil society organisations in Ogun and Kaduna states focused on National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) have promised to monitor the distribution of food items from the government to citizens during the stay-at-home period.
Presodent Muhammadu Buhari had on March 29, ordered a lockdown in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun states. He also directed the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to collaborate with state governments in order to sustain the school feeding program within this period.
The civil society organisations included; ActionAid International, Nigeria, Action Health Incorporated, Centre for Women’s Health and Information, Connecting Gender for Development.
Others were Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations in Nigeria, Girl Child Concerns, Nigerian Popular Theatre Alliance, The Education Partnership Centre and Women Consortium of Nigeria.
“In view of this, we have resolved to :1. Support governments’ effort through the various structures/mechanisms being put in place by the respective state governments. 2. Work with the different community-based groups and individuals whom we have been working with over the years, to complement the efforts of government by monitoring the proposed federal government distribution of food packages to the households who have children in public schools and are current beneficiaries of the HGSFP in their various communities. 3. Share the findings of our involvement in the on-going exercise at different levels for learning and decision making purposes,” the statement reads.
“We call on governments at different levels to see this support as action for the common good of the Nigerian people and therefore be receptive to the participation of civil society organisations in the national, state and local government level committees set up to plan and implement the COVID-19 related interventions.”