The Action Health Incorporated (AHI), under the umbrella of MacArthur Foundation and other NGOs have extol the Ogun State Government for being the best in the execution and sustainability of Home Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP) in the country.
The Executive Director, AHI, Mrs. Adenike Esiet made this known during a joint year -end high level dissemination meeting on the Ogun State Homegrown School Feeding Programme held in Abeokuta.
Esiet said she was able to rate the State high from the assessment report from the monitoring teams, who highlighted how effective and transparent the programme was being run in the State, since its inception.
“We can say without fear that the school pupils are well fed, we have evidence to show for this with good community participation in the exercise”, she said.
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Special Duties and the Focal Person on Social Intervention Programme (SIPs), Barr. Adeleke Adewolu noted that Non- Government Organisations (NGOs) have created a landmark achievement in monitoring HGSFP progress in the State.
In the same vein, the Programme Manager, HGSFP, Mrs. Tinuola Shopeju, while commending the NGOs approach, added that the programme, which commenced two years ago, has recorded tremendous success, which had attracted other states of the federation to Ogun, to learn from the success story, adding that, ‘’it has led to increase in pupils enrolment and made them punctual in school, due to the free food and nutritional values they have been enjoying’’.
One of the representatives of the community monitoring team in Ado-odo Ota, Mr. Damilola Shodiya said the involvement of the community in monitoring the process, has brought tremendous success in the areas of punctuality of vendors, improved hygiene and the creation of awareness across the State.