- No fewer than 20,000 pupils will be benefiting from the Home Grown School Feeding Programme in Edo state
- Some pupils in Uhunmwode local government area have already started benefiting from the feeding plan
- Members of the ward development committees would ensure the programme is properly managed and children eat healthy foods
The National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) has said no fewer than 20,000 pupils in Edo state will benefit from the Home Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSF).
Osayuwamen Aledeshelu, NSIP focal person in the state, made this known on Wednesday, February 20, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin.
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Aledeshelu said 1,000 pupils in Uhunmwode local government area were currently benefiting from the feeding programme inaugurated a month ago in the state.
“We are starting with two local government areas of Orhionmwon and Uhunwonde. We target to feed over 20, 000 pupils in the state.
“For now, our pilot school is Eyean Primary School in Uhunmwode and pupils from primary one to six in the school are enrolled in the programme,’’ she said.
Aledeshelu said that the ward development committees in the two local governments would ensure monitoring of the programme to allow for transparency and accountability.
“We have an independent structure made up of environmental health officers, agricultural officers and members of the ward development committees to ensure the programme is properly managed and children eat healthy foods," she said.
Aledeshelu added that over 30 farmers were currently linked to the feeding programme.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that 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.
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