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FG renews commitment to school feeding programme

The Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq during a Home Grown School Feeding Programme.

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster management and social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq has renewed her commitment to the successful implementation of the National Home Grown Schools feeding programme across the country.

She stated this during Nationwide documentation and training of Cooks on the national home-grown school feeding programme in Lokoja.

The minister who was represented by the Nutrition Assistant, Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development, Mrs Susan Simpa explained that the national home-grown school feeding programme remains an important intervention of the administration of President Buhari.

According to her, through it hunger, malnutrition, poverty, and Education can all be addressed, it is an investment that is fully funded by the federal government because of its sheer potential as a development drive.

Earlier, Special Adviser to the Governor on Special Projects and National Social Investment Programme focal person, Kogi state, Suleiman Abdulkreem Onyekere said the programme had led to a reduction in the number of school dropouts across the country, thanked the federal government for the initiative.

He noted that the programme was out to ensure that the target pupils have the best experience of hygiene and safety during their consumption of those free meals.

According to him, Kogi state is feeding over two hundred pupils across the 21 local government areas of the state stressing that over 9 million pupils on the programme were being fed by one hundred thousand Cooks as employment was being created with the school feeding.

Mr Onyekere applauded the present administration for the success achieved so far, who described the national home-grown school feeding programme as one of the best ways of fighting hunger and preventing malnutrition among children.

Reporting by Samuel Ekele; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino