Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, has assured Nigerians that the free National Home Grown School Feeding programme would kick off in some states of the federation this month.
The Vice-President reportedly revealed this in an interview with some journalists.
The programme, which was formally inaugurated on June 9, 2016 by Osinbajo, is part of the Social Investment Plans of the present administration for which N500 billion has been budgeted for in the 2016 Appropriation Act.
The FG through the national manager of the programme, Mrs. Abimbola Adesanmi, had in July said it would commence the scheme in September when schools resumed, with 5.5 million pupils across the country but failed to meet with the target as promised.
But Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, told the journalists that it was the expectation of government that the programme would kick off in several states before the end of the month.
He said while the Federal Government would fund the scheme for pupils in Primary One to Primary Three, it was expected that state governments would be responsible for pupils in primary four and above.
“Definitely before the end of this month, we expect that several states would have come on stream with their Home Grown School Feeding Programme.
“The programme will energise agriculture in the different states because it is what you plant that you feed the children with.
“We will be hiring caterers and cooks in each state because it will be Federal Government-funded from primaries 1 to 3 and the state governments hopefully would be able to cater for the other classes.”
He added that the programme was a section of the Social Investment programmes that would impact directly on the lives of Nigerian children and families.
He also disclosed that before the end of the month, the government would also engage 200,000 out of the 500,000 graduates it promised to employ.