Pupils On FG School Feeding Scheme Hit 9million - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Monday, December 13, 2021

Pupils On FG School Feeding Scheme Hit 9million

•••As Ogun Receives Feeding Utensils



| The Daily Crucible | Monday, December 13, 2021

By Adekunle Mariam. Abeokuta

No fewer than 9,041,393 students have been enrolled under the on - going National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) of the federal government which began over four  years ago.

Also, a total of 102,097 cooks have been engaged for preparing the meals for the beneficiary - pupils drawn from 54,619 public schools across the country while 80,000 small holder farmers were also engaged to supply food items.
 
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, who made this known at the weekend while handing over feeding utensils and other items to beneficiary public primary schools in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, said the scheme had improved the nutritional requirements of the school children, boosted school enrolment figure and created jobs as well as income to  others.

The Daily Crucible recalls that as of December 2019, a cumulative 182,422 primary school pupils benefited from the Federal Government’s Home Grown School Feeding programme in Ogun state according to an official of the programme.

Operations Officer of the NHGSFP in the state, Mopelola Osolukoya did disclose at the time  that the programme also employed the services of 2,779 food vendors in the same year.

Osolukoya who made this known during a Joint year-end high-level dissemination meeting on the programme at the MITROS Hall, Abeokuta, also said there was an increase in the population of pupils in Ogun public schools.

She explained then that the pupils were drawn from different schools spread across the state while two deworming exercises were carried out within the year 2019 when the level of complaints grew higher than what was obtained in 2018.

Returning to the distribution of feeding utendils in Ogun, Hajiya Sadiya Farouq who was represented by the Director in the Ministry, Mr. Jaji Babatunde, said the programme at its core was designed to address poverty in all its forms.

She also noted that it is a collaboration between the Federal and State government, where the Federal government takes responsibility for the release of funds, guidelines policies and monitoring, while the State carries out the day to day implementation, including procurement of food items and selection of cooks.

She said that the items given were branded for children to benefit from the intervention.

In his remarks, governor Dapo Abiodun who was represented by the State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hon. Funmi Efuwape, commended the Federal Government, saying: "undoubtedly, the NHGSP would continue to  provide great empowerment opportunities for women, thereby improving the standard of living amongst family in the State." 

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