Nine-point-three million Pupils now benefit from Federal Government’s feeding programme
Written by Morenike Adebayo on May 8, 2019
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday said children benefiting from the Federal Government’s School Feeding Programne have increased to nine-point-three million across the country.
Osinbajo made this known in Ado Ekiti while inaugurating the Homegrown School Feeding Programme at St Michael’s Primary School, Ajilosun. According to him, Ekiti has become the 31st state to cue into the program which is now in 56,506 primary schools across the country.
He also said 190,000 farmers now earn a living through the programme by supplying items needed to prosecute the program while seven hundred and sixty-seven cows and seven-point-three million eggs are consumed weekly.
The vice president said the program, apart from shoring up school enrollment, had given a boost to job creation and helped in poverty reduction. He added that the policy, which he described as a flagship of the All Progressives Congress- led government, remained one of the four cardinal objectives of the empowerment and social investment policy of the present government.
Osinbajo also lauded Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti for keying into the programme, saying it would not only increase enrollment in schools but also ensure regular attendance. Fayemi had earlier described the policy as “very significant in the lives of the people”, and commended the Federal Government for the initiative