The Federal Government says it has increased its National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme of N70 per day school feeding of a child in public primary schools to N100.
The National Coordinator, National Social Investments Programme, (NSIP), Dr. Umar Bindir, disclosed this at a two-day National Consultative meeting on ‘Public Food Procurement In The Context Of Nigeria’s National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme”, yesterday, in Abuja.
According to Bindir, the programme is under the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.
“When we started in 2016 before Covid-19, we experienced with difficulty to implement the N70 per child. We have made a presentation to the honourable minister, who passionately made a submission to the president and Mr. President has graciously approved that we should raise the feeding from N70 to N100 per child.
“And the Minister of Finance is giving very good cooperation to ensure that this is actually implemented on time“, he said.
Bindir used the occasion to advise the team from all the states of the federation to key into the presidential gesture and the cabinet commitment to ensure that the initiative was a sustainable one.
“We also hope that the State government, through the governors and their cabinets, will also realise the importance of this programme, which is meant to tackle poverty”.
According to him, the programme is not just about feeding the children but engaging women to become entrepreneurs and good food providers.
“It is also about enhancing the value, the commercial and entrepreneur the value of our small-scale farmers. So, we hope that this presidential gesture will be understood by not us, but also, by the States so that we can strengthen the programme“, he stated.
He explained further that the consultative meeting was aimed at putting together the implementing team of the NHGSFP in the country to discuss issues that had to do with food and feeding procurement.
The National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) is a government-led school feeding programme that aims to improve the health and educational outcomes of public primary school pupils.