By Wahab Akanji, Abuja
The Federal Government has stated that it is now serving one meal a day to more than one million primary school pupils across seven states in the country.
The initiative is coming under the National Homegrown School Feeding Programme that the Presidency has put in place as one of the palliatives to cushion the effects of the current recession on Nigerians.
This was contained in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Publicity and Media, Mr. Laolu Akande on Monday.
According to him, a total sum of N844, 360, 550 has so far been released for the commencement of the programme in Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, Oyo, Osun, Ogun and Zamfara as at the end of last week.
Despite the funds released to the seven States, he noted that not all of them have actually started the implementation as at Monday.
He said, “In the States of Anambra, Enugu, Osun, Ogun, and Oyo, the feeding has actually started, while it is expected to start this week in the two other states of Ebonyi and Zamfara, that have been funded already.
“That means, the Buhari Presidency’s Homegrown School Feeding Programme would be feeding this week a total of 1, 043, 205 pupils in those seven states.
“Equally a total number of 11,775 cooks have now been employed to prepare the meals in those states already, while local farmers in the states are also the one producing the food prepared and served.
“Of all the States, Anambra, which was the first state to receive FG funding late last year has now received three full funding tranches covering 30 school days, totaling N188, 769,000. The State has a total of 937 cooks and feeding 96,489 pupils.” he said.
He said that the Federal Government has also released a total of N115, 218, 600, while 1466 cooks have been engaged and 164, 598 pupils are to be fed in Ebonyi State.
“Also in Enugu State, FG have released N67,244, 800 to feed 96, 064 pupils and 1128 cooks engaged. In Ogun State, FG have released N119, 648, 900 to feed 170, 927 pupils and engaged 1381 cooks, while in Osun a total of N92, 425, 400 have been released to feed 142, 193 pupils with 2688 cooks engaged.
“For Oyo State, a total of N72, 288, 300 have been released by the FG to feed 103, 269 pupils, engaging 1437 cooks, while in Zamfara FG have released a total sum of N188, 765, 500 to feed 269, 665 pupils and engaged 2, 738 cooks.” he stated