The Federal government will today, Thursday, 9th, 2016 launch the school feeding programme, which is expected to ensure the feeding of over 24 million public primary school children.
A statement by the Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo said that the administration was in the final rounds of preparation for the commencement of the free school feeding programme for public primary school pupils.
He said: “The Federal and State governments will review the Strategic Plan for the rollout of the scheme which is part of the 500 billion Naira Social Investment plans of the Buhari administration.
“The strategic plans will run until 2020 and form the cornerstone of the nationwide Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF) programme which, according to the government, would provide a nutritious hot meal a day to over 24 million primary school children.
According to him, pupils will benefit from hot nutritionally balanced school meals which will reduce hunger and improve education outcomes. He added that the Home-Grown School Feeding programme would help school pupils become better students, boost the local economies and create new jobs.
“To achieve national coverage, the Federal Government is working in partnership with states and local communities for the successful implementation of the HGSF programme.
“Equally to support the process, the federal government is working with key technical partners to capitalise on global experience and adopt best practices.
“One such partner is the UK’s Imperial College, London’s Partnership for Child Development (PCD) which is providing technical assistance to the Presidency,” he added.