The Federal Government says so far, it has so far released over N375 million in five states for the implementation of its school feeding programme.
The Senior Special Assistant to the vice-president on media and publicity, Laolu Akande, made this known in a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday. Akande said the release of the amount was meant to feed almost 700,000 primary school pupils in the five states.
Giving an update on the FG’s Social Investment Programmes (SIP), Akande noted that the programmes were proceeding at different stages of implementation. He said the government last week released money for the “smooth” implementation of the feeding programme in Anambra, Ogun, Oyo, Osun and Ebonyi states respectively.
“The sum of about N375, 434, 870 has just been released and paid to 7,909 cooks in those states for the feeding of a total of 677, 476 primary school pupils,” he said. A total of N119,648,900 paid to 1,381 cooks to feed 170, 927 pupils, while Ebonyi got N115,218,600 paid to 1,466 cooks to feed 164,598 pupils.
While Anambra got N67.5 million paid to 937 cooks to feed 96,489 pupils; Oyo state got N72.2 million paid to 1,437 cooks to feed 103, 269 pupils, and Osun got N867,370 paid to 2,688 to feed 142, 193 pupils.
Akande said that all monies were paid directly to the cooks and covered 10 days of school, adding that Zamfara and Enugu states would soon be paid N188.7 million and N67.2 million, respectively, later in the week.
The Federal Government had in June 2016, launched the school feeding programme, which is expected to ensure the feeding of over 24 million primary school children. The FG said it was part of the N500 billion social investment plans of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and would see that each child is given one meal per day in the first year of its operation.
It said it would be working with key technical partners to capitalize upon global experience and adopt best practices. One of such partners is the UK’s Imperial College, London’s Partnership for Child Development, PCD, which would be providing technical assistance to the Presidency.
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The FG said the school feeding programme was part of the N500 billion social investment plans of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and would see that each child is given one meal per day in the first year of its operation.