The worsening insecurity ensuing from incessant assaults from bandits has hindered the National Youth Service Corps, in Niger State, from posting corps members to 11 out of the 25 Local Government Areas within the state for major task.
The Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA) Niger State chapter, Hamza Audu revealed this in Minna, the Niger State capital throughout the go to of a monitoring staff from the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management to the state for the enumeration of pupils and cooks, often known as distributors below the Home Grown School Feeding Programme of the federal authorities.
According to the state NOA Director, the NYSC determined not submit the corps members to 11 native governments vulnerable to bandits’ assaults so as to not endanger their lives.
He mentioned, “We are using the locals in concerned schools, who are conversant with their environment in order not to put the lives of NYSC members at risk.”
Also, Hajiya Fatima Bisalla, who led the monitoring staff from the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management advised journalists that the go to was to allow the Ministry produce knowledge on the beneficiaries of the Programme within the State.
“The federal government wants to know the accurate number of pupils and cooks in each state before we scale up the programme to include more pupils in September.
“The team is satisfied with what it had seen on ground in Niger in connection with the records presented by the state on the school feeding programme,” she acknowledged.
Bisalla additional mentioned that the enumeration train was being carried out together with the National Orientation Agency (NOA) and the NYSC.
Speaking, the state coordinator of the programme, Bar. Amina Gu’ar famous with satisfaction the standard of meals being served to pupils by the distributors within the State.
“Presently, we have 560,000 pupils from 3,032 schools that are benefitting from the scheme in the State. And, we have over 5,000 food vendors serving the pupils across the State,” she added.