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9.32m Children, 49,237 Public Schools Benefit From FG’s Feeding Programme – Osinbajo

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Fadeyi Oluwaseun
Ladoke Akintola University Ogbomosho
B.tech Marketing Management
200Level, Nigeria.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has revealed that the Home Grown School Feeding Programme, one of the important developments on the Federal Government social investment project now caters for over 9.32millon children in 26 states across the country in 49,237 public schools.

The VP gave the statistics while delivering the 50th convocation lecture of the University of Lagos tagged: “Nigeria Rising: The Path To Prosperity”.

According to the Vice President, in tackling the challenge posed by extreme poverty and nutrition among children, the school feeding programme apart from providing good dietary meals to children in public school has also contributed to an increase in the number of children enrolled in public schools.

Giving figures of the multiplier effects of the social investment programmes on children and improvement in the socio-economic wellbeing of a sizeable number of Nigerians, the VP said, “So far we have appointed 95, 432 cooks, over 100,000 smallholder farms are linked to the programme supplying locally sourced ingredients per week.

“Across the country 594 cows, 138, 000 chickens, 6.8 million eggs and 83 metric tonnes of food every week is produced and consumed. There are multiplier implications of these on the populace.

“You can imagine the number of farmers, vegetables and other items required for the programme daily, weekly, and annually. Dietary energy and nutrients are part of the important issues that are associated with the school feeding programme.


The VP assured that the remaining 10 states yet to be covered by the programme would not be left out, adding that a deworming exercise that would on stream also formed part of the feeding programme.

According to the VP, “issues’ bordering on malnutrition caused by extreme poverty formed part of the challenges brought on the populace in countries like Nigeria and requires deliberate attention.

The effect of malnutrition on children, the said VP lamented was the stunted growth of affected infants both mentally and physically, adding that in many instances such anomalies are irreversible.

He added: “Unless we are able to provide some succour and good nutrition for them we will lose practically millions of young Nigerians who will be stunted in their mental growth and who will remain so for the rest of their lives. This programme particularly is important for us and we would keep expanding it and take it to other states as much as possible”.

Addressing the issue of out of school children, Osinbajo said the disparities in the statistics released from time to time have made it difficult for the government to directly address the issue squarely.

He revealed that the Federal government at the level of Economic Council would look at the issue and query state governments about how they have so many children out of the school system.

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