The federal government school feeding programme has created 3,000 direct jobs and 30,000 indirect jobs in Ogun State, the Special Adviser to the Governor Ibikunle Amosun on Special Projects and Programme Manager, Mrs. Tinuola Shopeju, has said.
The state government disclosed that over 270,000 pupils in 1,510 schools across the state have been placed on the school free meals project of the Federal Government, while 2,948 food vendors were employed to serve the free meals to the pupils during school hours.
The free meals scheme is being implemented in 40 schools across four local government areas of Abeokuta North, Ikenne, Imeko-Afon and Odeda.
Mrs Shopeju said the programme had been meeting its objectives of enhancing pupils’ nutritional status, empowering women and increasing agricultural productivity.
According to her, the programme has been successful due to effective monitoring and supervision by different agencies and groups, including the Women’s Consortium of Nigeria (WOCON).