Fact Check: Buhari’s school feeding programme benefits cooks than pupils 

After 16 years as the opposition party, the APC had a chance to convince Nigerians of its ability to rule the nation better.  The campaign was thorough. Amidst the glowing promises was the assurance of revitalizing the National school feeding programme if it was elected into office.

Piloting in three states of the federation- Abia, Anambra and Kaduna states under the supervision of the federal government, the programme is meant to provide about 1.14 million jobs across the nation engaging community women as cooks and buying produce from local farmers.

The school-feeding programme of the Buhari’s administration became operational in 2017. Currently, the program is run in 14 states Anambra, Enugu, Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Ebonyi, Zamfara, Delta, Abia, Benue, Plateau, Bauchi, Taraba, and Kaduna states.

Recently, the office of the Vice President released the breakdown of spending for the National Home Grown School Feeding Program (NHGSFP), which is targeted at feeding about 3 million Primary school children from Primaries one to three.

This includes a breakdown for the number of children fed, the amount allocated to each state, the number of cooks employed

An assumption in this analysis is that salaries for each cook will be paid with the 18000-naira minimum wage bracket. Assumptions were also made regarding the number of school terms covered.

This financial statement was released in August 2017. Some top beneficiary states which received from 419 million naira to 1 billion naira include Ogun, Osun, Anambra, Enugu, Kaduna, and Oyo states.

In 2017 alone, the total amount spent in 14 states is N6, 204, 912, 889 (Six billion two hundred and four million, nine hundred and twelve thousand eight hundred and eighty nine Naira).

In this breakdown by the Buhari’s administration, Ogun state received the highest portion at 17% of the total amount which accrues to a staggering N1,042,217,400 (One billion naira forty two million two hundred and seventeen thousand four hundred Naira). This is said to have fed 231, 660 children and employed 2,205 cooks in the state.

Taraba state received the least fraction at 2% of the total amount standing at N120,284, 500 (120 million two hundred and eighty four thousand five hundred Naira), feeding 171, 835 children and employing 2569 cooks.

At (an assumed) fixed salary of 18000 naira minimum wage, the percentage spent on cooks in Ogun state was 23% while in Taraba state, which received the least amount of money, it was 133%. This means that with the figures given, Taraba State spent and accounted for more than they received for the school feeding programme.

Within two terms, this means that in a month, a child in Ogun state consumed 3,471 naira worth of food.  Per meal a day, Ogun State spent 29 naira on food. In Taraba state, however a child had per month less – 932 naira and spent per meal a day – 8 naira. Again this means that spending –N8 on each child is equal to N0 (zero Naira spent on each child).

Effectively, the data supplied by the federal government reveals that more money is spent on employing cooks than feeding children in some states. This figures cause eyes to roll and seem ludicrous.

In a fact checking analysis done by DataFactory, a Data for Development company based in Lagos and made available to BusinessAGENDAEbonyi state was said to have received about 345 million naira of which 46% was spent on cooks; feeding 163, 137 children.

The cost per meal for a child per day was at 10 naira. Delta state received about 226 million naira and spent a percentage of about 65% on cooks.

In Anambra state, a total of 693 million naira was allocated for the school feeding program and 16% was spent on cooks. Number of children fed was 103 724. Each child is said to have spent 47 naira for a meal per day.

Moving on to Kaduna state, note that about 499 million naira was allocated and of this amount,  a whopping 213 percent was spent on cooks.

This is all of the funds and more than what they were allocated for the programme. Children fed are about 835 508 costing -N6 naira (equal to Zero Naira) to feed a child per day.

Here is a breakdown of all the other states included in the school feeding program and the percentage spent on cooks and children.

Questions:

Was the money allocated for the National Home Grown School Feeding Program (NHGSFP) judiciously spent?

Is Child enrollment increased?

Can we say that the Nigerian child benefited and is benefiting from the school feeding programme of the Buhari’s administration?

Story by Mayowa Adeniran & Aderemi Ojekunle

Fact Check & Data Analysis by; @DataFactoryNG

This  Fact Checking  Story is part of DataFACTORY; Data for Development initiative in partnership with BusinessAGENDA 
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