Buhari's minister reveals how much FG spent on feeding school children for free
- The Nigerian government is not relenting in its efforts to feed millions of school children under the national homegrown school feeding programme
- No less than ₦2 billion has been spent by the federal government on feeding pupils for free in Adamawa state
- Sadiya Umar Farouq, the minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, made the disclosure in Yola
In line with the federal government's plan to feed 14 million pupils across the country by 2023, at least ₦2 billion has been spent on feeding in Adamawa state.
The minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, disclosed this during the hand over of additional 50,000 branded quality feeding utensils for use in feeding pupils on Saturday, September 25, in Yola.
The Guardian reports that this was achieved by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration under the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP).
The minister who was represented by the national coordinator, Social Investment Programme, Dr. Umar Bindir, said that NHGSFP was one of the four clusters under the programme.
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According to her, the Nigerian government was expending a total of ₦226 million monthly on the daily free nutritious meal during school term in Adamawa.
Farouq went on to note that over nine million pupils had registered and are being fed by over 100,000 cooks/vendors nationwide.
The minister also stated that the programme which was launched in 2016, has enrolled 1,286 schools with 162,782 children being fed, using 2,417 cooks/vendors.
School feeding programme: FG targets 14 million students by 2023
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the federal government, on Monday, July 5, disclosed that it is targeting to feed 14 million school children under NHGSFP by 2023.
The minister of humanitarian Affairs, disaster management and social development stated this in Abeokuta, the Ogun state.
According to the report, the minister was represented at the event by a director in the ministry, Abdulrahman Babatunde Jaji.
FG's feeding programme: DSS arrests teachers, desk officers, food vendors for diverting items
In a related development, the Directorate of State Security Service (DSS) operatives arrested many teachers and desk officers in charge of the federal government Home Grown School Feeding programme for allegedly sabotaging the programme.
At least 10 were also apprehended for allegedly conniving with the teachers and the desk officers to shortchange the process.
The operatives made arrests majorly from a primary school in Minna, while others were nabbed in Katcha in Katcha local government area, and Gwada in the Shiroro LGA of Niger state.