8.2 Million Pupils Benefot From School Feeding Programme
A total of 8.2 million school children across 24 states in the country are presently benefiting from the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP), Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said.
In a statement signed by Mr. Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity to the President, he stated that the pupils are spread across 45,394 public primary schools.
The 24 states currently benefitting from the school feeding programme are 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.
Similarly, 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.
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.