According to the senior special assistant to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo om media and publicity, Laolu Akande, public primary school pupils are being fed with one free, nutritious meal a day, with over 106,000 cooks engaged to serve the foods.
He said in a statement today, July 10 that the 32 states currently benefitting from the school feeding programme are Anambra, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Ebonyi, Enugu, Kaduna, Kebbi, Kogi, Sokoto, and Nasarawa.
Others include Taraba, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Plateau, Delta, Zamfara, Imo, Jigawa, Kano, Niger, Katsina, Ondo, Edo, Gombe, Ekiti, and Yobe states.
He said that in the second term of the Buhari administration, the programme has a target of reaching well over 12 million pupils in all the 36 states and the FCT.
“In the same vein, the Federal Government has commenced the distribution of aluminium bowls and spoons for pupils in public primary schools in 6 states currently benefiting from the School Feeding Programme.
“Under the First phase of the distribution, over 2.4 million bowls and spoons would be distributed in Plateau State (314,082), Adamawa (182,144), Kaduna (834,130), Katsina (742, 689), Oyo (199, 922), Delta (136, 710) and Ebonyi (73, 513).
“The School feeding programme has not only helped to increase enrolment rates of pupils in the states, it is also effectively tackling early year malnutrition and the problem of stunting, while improving the cognitive skills of children.
“The programme has also provided sustainable income for local farmers, jobs for cooks, increasing growth and productivity in the local economies.”