Friday, June 10, 2016

FG to launch home-grown school feeding programme

The Federal Government launched the strategic implementation plan for the national home-grown school feeding programme. The programme, expected to provide a “nutritious hot meal” per day to over 20 million primary school pupils when fully operational, is one of the N500bn social investment projects of the present administration.

Acting President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who launched the programme at a stakeholders’ forum held at State House in Abuja, said about 5.5m Nigerians would benefit from it in the first year. He said the scheme would create the multiplier effect on the local economies in communities where those schools were located by boosting agriculture, entrepreneurship and employment. Osinbajo said the strategic plan set out the partnership arrangement on how the Federal, State and Local Governments would collaborate towards achieving the primary objectives of the school feeding programme.

 According to him, the programme is not just a social welfare scheme which gives handouts to the poor, but a direct economic benefit to the target groups and the economy as a whole. Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai, who disclosed that the state spent an average of N318m on its school feeding programme weekly, called for effective accountability and monitoring system of the national home-grown school feeding scheme. Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola put the annual expenses of the state’s school feeding programme, “The O-Meals Programme”, at N3.21bn.


  1. This food will not be gotten by the poor student. The coordinators of this programme will hijack the foods. Let them not channel our foods to waste. It is a good idea but in nigeria it may not work effectively. Some govt have started sayin they will not give their 40%of d programme.

  2. This food might not reach the terget pupils even though it is a good project it may not benefit the poor puppils the coordinators will hijak the food.
    Margaret umoh