School Feeding: Nigerian pupils ate N49billion in 2 years- Presidency

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President Muhammadu Buhari government says it had spent N49bn on the feeding of primary school pupils under the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme.

She said the states are: Abia, Adamawa, Akwa-Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Enugu, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Niger, Ogun, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Sokoto, Taraba, and Zamfara.

The presidential aide said through the programme, 90,670 Nigerians had been engaged and empowered as cooks, while over 100,000 local farmers had also been linked with the programme to supply locally sourced farm produce.

She said, “We have created a value chain with significant economic benefits to the microeconomic development of the states.

“The value chain offers additional benefits of job creation and increased livelihood outcomes for both cooks and small holder-farmers, hence improving livelihood and the local economies.”

“The National Social Investment Office is ably empowered to suspend the programme in any state where the prescribed standard is reported to have fallen below expectation until a redesigned and realignment is achieved,” the presidential aide noted.

Uwais said the government had achieved 30 percent improvement in school enrollment in the country since the commencement of the programme.

She said while the government appropriated N500bn for the 2016 and the same amount in 2017 for the National Social Investment Programmes, less than one-third was released in both years.

Uwais had made similar explanation to the Senate Committee on Appropriation chaired by Senator Danjuma Goje.

She said: “You may kindly recall that a sum of N500 billion was appropriated for the NSIP budget in 2017, out of which N100 billion was allocated for the Social Housing Scheme under the Federal Ministry of Finance.

“Furthermore, out of the balance N400 billion, only N90 billion was released to the NSIP for the year 2017.”

Uwais also disclosed that the programme received the sum of N85 billion in 2016.

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