Why we’ve not paid school feed programme cooks – ministry

Cooks dishing food at one of the schools where the school feeding programme is operational

The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, has explained why payment is delayed for some cooks under the National Homegrown School Feeding Programme.

This delay, according to the Ministry, was due to a change in payment platform.

Minister Sadiya Farouq said the complaint of delayed payment arose because the ministry migrated the payment process from Remita to the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS).

GIFMIS is an IT-based system implemented by the federal government to enhance accountability and transparency in public financial management.

The Ministry in a statement by the SA Media and Press Affairs, Salisu Dambatta, however the assured cooks engaged in the National Homegrown School Feeding Programme (NHSFP) that they would soon be paid.

The statement read in part thus, “The aggregators in the programme have been paid along with the cooks that were captured by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), while payment is outstanding for cooks that were not captured by the NBS.

“With the conclusion of migration to GIFMIS, all pending payments will be effected within days.”

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