Rising cost of foodstuffs crippling FG’s school feeding program – Official

The rising inflationary rate resulting in the high cost of foodstuffs is affecting Federal Government’s National Home Grown School Feeding programme negatively.

This assertion was made in Calabar yesterday, by the Programme Manager of the programme in Cross-Rivers State, Gab Okulaja, in an interview with newsmen.

Okulaja appealed to the Federal Government to review the programme to take care of inflationary trends, as it planned to add five million beneficiaries to the existing nine million.

“We have the challenge of increase in the prices of foodstuffs by as much as 100% and the payments to cooks are at the same rates as they were in 2016/17 when the programme began.

“There should be a review of meal cost per child to address the rising inflation rate and increase in prices of foodstuffs as this is a major clog in delivering on the programme’s mandate”, he said.

Okulaja also advised the Federal Government to accommodate pre-primary school classes that were not part of the programme.

A total of 280,000 pupils currently benefit from the programme in 1,000 schools in Cross-Rivers State.

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