School Feeding Programme: Federal Government targets additional 5 million Pupils
Rahila Lassa, Abuja
The Federal Government says it is targeting an additional 5 million Pupils in the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) by 2023.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq disclosed this in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, during a working visit to the State Governor, Udom Emmanuel.
Represented by the Zonal Monitor of the National Home-Grown School Feeding program, Dr Abubakar Sulaiman, the Minister said the move was to ensure that more children are captured in its social protection programmes in addition to the 9 million currently captured in line with the aspirations of Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari.
“Today, we are here in Akwa Ibom State on the strength of our partnership and mutual recognition of the need to do more on the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme NHGSFP, to bring more Nigerians under the umbrella of the Government’s social protection mechanism, to look at scaling up the number of the pupils benefiting from the Program,” the Minister said
With over 100,000 cooks employed and more than 100,000 smallholder farmers participating in this value chain, Sulaiman said that the NHGSFP is a serious potential for socio-economic development if strengthened and sustained nationwide.
Farouq also reiterated the Federal Government’s commitment to continue to work with State and Federal NHGSFP teams as well as key stakeholders such as the National Bureau of Statistics, Ministry of Education, National Orientation Agency, National Population Commission, National Youth Service Corp, UBEC and State Education boards for effective results.
“We are working jointly and closely to verify the existing number of beneficiaries on the program and update the records for better effectiveness, transparency and accountability,” she added
The Akwa Ibom State Governor who was represented by the Commissioner of Women Affairs, Dr Ini Adiakpan thanked the Federal Government for its foresight and consistency in reaching out to the vulnerable.
The State Government promised that it would continue to play its part in ensuring that the initiative records a 100% success.
At the event, the Zonal Monitor and the Project Task Team of the NHGSFP held a meeting with the State Project Task Team where enumeration exercise forms were presented to the State Director of the National Orientation Agency.