- The federal government on Thursday, January 31, began the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) in Edo
- According to the vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, the programme has fed not less than 9.3 million children in 49,937 public primary schools in 27 states
- He further revealed that the gesture requires 594 cows are killed, 138,000 chickens killed, and 83 million tonnes of fish
Yemi Osinbajo, the vice president of Nigeria, began the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) in Edo, to provide free meals for children in public schools.
The vice president said that the NHGSFP caters for not less than 9.3 million children in 49,937 public primary schools in 27 states, adding that this requires 594 cows are killed, 138,000 chickens killed, and 83 million tonnes of fish, Vanguard reports.
Osinbajo said: “N-Power employs over 500,000 graduates and 200,000 non-graduates across the nation. Two million people benefit from our Micro Credit Scheme which includes Trader-moni and Market-moni.
"This will be expanded to the next level to enable more Nigerians benefit from it. We will be able to reach five to 10 million Nigerians.”
He explained that this was made possible because President Muhammadu Buhari's anti-graft war is helping the nation to recover its looted resources which are now being used to better the lives of Nigerians.
On his part, the governor of the state, Godwin Obaseki said the programme has helped a lot of poor families to both feed and send their children to school, adding that the NHGSFP will be keyed into the Edo basic education sector transformation programme.
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Obaseki said: “This is a new dawn in Edo State that is ensuring that our children in schools across the state are not malnourished.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng said that Osinbajo had advised Nigerians to resist the ploy of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to return to power through the forthcoming general elections.
Osinbajo claimed that the opposition party's scheme was to loot Nigeria's resource, alleging that the nation's economy would had been in shambles if not for the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari’s policy.
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