- Despite being at home, school children in Lagos will continue to benefit from the government's school feeding programme
- For this purpose, a meeting between the federal and Lagos state governments has held with stakeholders
- Head of LASUBEB, Wahab Alawiye-King, speaks on some of the ways the food would reach the pupils
School children in Lagos will continue to enjoy the homegrown feeding programme of the government despite being at home due to the lockdown in the state.
This is coming from the assurance of the ministry of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development and social development.
A statement from the Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (LASUBEB) said it was collaborating with the federal government prior to the closure of schools as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Before the closure of schools, the collaboration had led to the commencement of the programme, which provides a meal per day for pupils of primary 1 to 3 in government-owned primary schools.
The statement made available to Legit.ng said in other to continue the initiative amid the closure of schools across the state, the special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP), Titilola Adeyemi-Doro, in conjunction with LASUBEB met recently with critical stakeholders.
The meeting sought to sensitise the critical stakeholders including school-based management committees and education secretaries in the state to take ownership of the initiative and make it realisable.
According to Adeyemi-Doro, some distribution centres have been identified across Lagos where the palliatives from the federal government would be given to the beneficiaries.
This would be preceded with the circulation of vouchers among parents who are entitled to the palliative.
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She listed the items in each of the packages to include 5kg rice, 5kg beans, 500ML of vegetable oil, 750ml of palm oil, 500mg of salt, a half crate of eggs and tomato paste.
It is, however, noteworthy that children in some private schools will also benefit.
On his part, Hon Wahab Alawiye-King, executive chairman of LASUBEB, said the protocols and modalities for the distribution of the palliative had been adopted.
"That is why we are here to ensure that we get it right so that the stakeholders at the event can go back to their respective domains and seek the buy-in of the larger public," he said.
Alawiye-King assured that the process would not be abused just as he said the state government would secure the centres and participants.
"We should not forget that this is Lagos state. Our security architecture is up to the task and we are confident that the state government will give us the necessary support to ensure that this is a seamless process," he said.
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