- The federal government has said that the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) is feeding not less than 9.8 million children on a daily in Nigeria
- The NHGSFP has also employed 106,000 cooks in 32 states
- Added to this, the programme is catering for over 53,000 public primary schools in 32 states and the FCT
The federal government on Wednesday, July 10, said that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) currently feeds over 9.8 million children on a daily basis in not less than 32 states.
According to the federal government, over 53,000 public primary schools in 32 states are beneficiaries of the programme which provides pupils with one free, nutritious meal a day through over 106,000 employed cooks.
Among states enjoying from the scheme are Anambra, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Ebonyi, Enugu, Kaduna, Kebbi, Kogi, Sokoto, and Nasarawa.
Others are Taraba, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Plateau, Delta, Zamfara, Imo, Jigawa, Kano, Niger, Katsina, Ondo, Edo, Gombe, Ekiti, and Yobe states.
This is in keeping with one of President Buhari's visions in his second administration, which is to reach 12 million pupils in all states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Moreover, the federal government has begun the distribution of bowls and spoons for pupils in public primary schools in 6 states benefiting from NHGSFP.
More than 2.4 million bowls and spoons would be distributed in Plateau (314,082), Adamawa (182,144), Kaduna (834,130), Katsina (742, 689), Oyo (199, 922), Delta (136, 710) and Ebonyi (73, 513).
The programme has, apart from increased enrollment rates of pupils, dealt with malnutrition, thereby enhancing the cognitive skills of children.
Added to this, NHGSFP has increased the income of farmers, cooks, and as such boosted productivity in the local economies.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that so far, Nigeria had spent nothing less than N6.2bn feeding primary school pupils in 14 states. Although findings suggest enrollment figures has gone up since the commencement of the programme there are concerns whether Nigeria is getting the right value for monies spent.
Legit.ng gathered that there was a compelling trend of irregular feeding, poor planning, and corruption by state officials in the implementation of the programme in Jigawa, Kastina, and Sokoto states.
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