School Feeding: Buhari Govt To Spend N999m Daily On 10m Pupils

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The Federal Government will spend N999m daily to feed approximately 10 million pupils in the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) nationwide.

The team lead of NHGSFP, Aishatu Digil, revealed this in Abuja yesterday at a stakeholders’ meeting on disbursement modalities for the review cost of feeding.

She said the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar-Farouq, had got the approval to spend N100 per person daily for the feeding programme.

She said 9, 990, 862 pupils from primary one to three would now be fed with N100 daily for 20 days in a month, amounting to N999,086,200 daily.

“Prior to this, we were feeding school children with N70 per child, per meal. This was since 2016, but the president has approved N100 upward review.

“We have all stakeholders like the World Food Programme, the National Bureau of Statistics, the National Orientation Agency (NOA), the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), the Ministries of Agriculture, Education and others to deliberate on the modalities of disbursements.

“We’re here basically to look at how best we can realise the benefits of the programme based on the new approved cost to improve the standard and quality of the meal and menu for the children.

“The breakdown of the N100 is as follows; N70 is for the cost of all food items except egg, N14 for cost of egg to be implemented through the state structures in partnership with Poultry Association of Nigeria.

“We’re planning of having ‘Egg Wednesday’, where each child in the programme will be giving one egg each every Wednesday.

“N10 stipends for cooks, N5 and N6 for micronutrient fortification, payable to cooks and one naira for quality assurance, payable to supervisors, which is optional,” Digil said.

She said the programme would eliminate poor implementation practices.