School Feeding: FG Targets Over 10m Children

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The federal government, on Tuesday, said the soon-to-be resuscitated National Home Grown School Feeding Programme will cater for over 10 million pupils across the country.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on School Feeding, Dr. Yetunde Adeniji, said this during a visit to an IDP camp at the Transitional Learning Center, Wassa, Abuja.

The presidential aide was at Wassa to inspect the school feeding programme sponsored by a non-governmental organization, Maple Leaf Early Years Foundation, in collaboration with the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants, and Internally Displaced Persons.

She added that the school feeding programme would ensure that no child in each public school was left behind.

Adeniji commended the programme at Wassa for its demonstrable success in bolstering school enrollment and attendance rates.

She said it was an instrumental force in the advancement of education, the alleviation of hunger, and the dismantling of the cycle of poverty.

Adeniji said the school feeding initiative under the president’s renewed hope agenda was targeting pupils from primary one to three across Nigeria.

According to Adeniji, the initiative resonated with the sentiment that every child deserved the opportunity to flourish and contribute to the nation’s development.

She commended the efforts of the organisation, saying it underscored the paramount importance of education and nutrition in the comprehensive development of every child, irrespective of their circumstances.

She affirmed that initiatives of that nature held the power to effect substantial positive change in the lives of the most vulnerable citizens.

“President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s unwavering commitment to the welfare of the nation is exemplified by the Renewed Hope agenda. Within this framework, a vision is cast for a Nigeria wherein every child enjoys access to quality education and nutritious sustenance, regardless of their background or geographical location.”

Adeniji articulated that “by investing in the youth today, a brighter and more prosperous future is being forged for the nation.”

Adeniji added that smallholder farmers would be engaged to supply foodstuff for the school feeding programme, as soon as it commenced.

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