- Five hundred and ninety four cattle, 138,000 chickens, 6.8million eggs and 83 metric tons of fish every week are consumed weekly by public school pupils
- This was disclosed at the University of Lagos on Monday, April 1, by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo
- Osinbajo says by the end of 2019, the number of new states joining the school feeding programme will increase
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that the federal government feeds public school pupils with 594 cattle, 138,000 chickens, 6.8million eggs and 83 metric tons of fish every week.
Daily Trust reports that Osinbajo made the disclosure on Monday, April 1, while delivering a lecture titled ‘Nigeria Rising: The Path to Prosperity’ at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) 50th convocation.
Legit.ng gathers that the vice president said the federal government provides a balanced meal for every one of the 9,300,892 pupils in 49,837 public primary schools in 26 states across Nigeria at a cost of $0.19 per child everyday.
He said: “As you can imagine, the quantity of starch and vegetables required for this programme on a weekly basis is equally impressive. Dietary energy and nutrients with established links to cognition-carbohydrates, protein, fat, iron and iodine as well as minerals with public health importance – are targeted by the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSF).
“The programme aims to provide 50% of the recommended nutrient intake targets for protein and prioritized micro-nutrients including iron, iodine, zinc, vitamin A, folate and vitamin C and 30% of energy because of the high burden of under-nutrition and micro-nutrient deficiencies in Nigeria.
“There is also a de-worming programme attached to the school feeding programme."
According to Osinbajo, by the end of 2019 the number of new states joining the school feeding programme will increase.
Legit.ng previously reported Vice president Yemi Osinbajo 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.
According to Professor Osinbajo, this requires killing 594 cows, 138,000 chickens, and 83 million tonnes of fish.
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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."
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