The federal government has said that it currently feeds 8,260,984 pupils in 45,394 schools in 24 states of the country up from 5.5 million pupils earlier targeted by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s National Home-grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP).
Senior Special Assistant to Vice President Yemi Osibnbajo, Laolu Akande, disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen yesterday.
The 24 states currently benefitting from the school feeding programme, according to him include: Anambra, Enugu, Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Ebonyi, Zamfara, Delta, Abia, Benue, Plateau, Bauchi, Taraba, Kaduna, Akwa-Ibom, Cross River, Imo, Jigawa, Niger, Kano, Katsina, Gombe, Ondo and Borno.
He added that over 80,000 direct jobs have since been created from the School Feeding Programme with 87,261 cooks currently engaged in the 24 participating states. All 36 states of the Federation and the FCT will eventually benefit from the programme.
The programme’s educational, economic and health benefits have been praised by many, he stressed.
He stated, “Not only has the Buhari administration’s School Feeding Programme created jobs for thousands of Nigerians in these communities where the programme is being implemented, it has also helped to boost local economies by linking the local farmers to the school feeding market.
“Similarly, the school feeding programme continues to record significant milestones in the classrooms as the scheme has led to an increase in enrolment.
“Another important aspect of the School Feeding Programme is that by providing a meal a day for millions of pupils, it addresses the issues of malnutrition and stunting among children, increasing the chances of the pupils making a significant headway in their learning and in life.
The NHGSFP plans to implement feeding in 28 States in the coming months, and all over the country soon after.” culled from www.premiumtimes.com
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