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5.5 million pupils to get free food soon – FG



The Federal Government says in the next three months , at least 5 . 5 million pupils will be covered by the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme.

It added that so far , 2, 918, 842 schoolchildren from 19 , 881 schools in the 14 pilot states of the federation had benefitted from the school feeding programme , which is part of President Muhammadu Buhari administration ’ s N 500bn Social Investment Programmes.

The Vice-President’ s spokesman , Laolu Akande , said in a statement that a total of N 6, 643, 432, 789bn had been disbursed by the Federal Government since the school feeding programme started late last year.

He said with 3, 325 schools, Kaduna State had the highest number of schools so far covered under the programme , as well as the highest number of schoolchildren ( 835, 508) who had been fed .

The statement added, “ It (Kaduna ) is closely followed by Benue State where 2 , 220 schools have been covered and 240, 827 schoolchildren have been fed . Zamfara State also recorded a high number, with 1 , 952 schools covered and 198, 788 pupils fed under the programme .
“ Similarly , Bauchi State recorded impressive figures with 1 , 904 schools already covered, while 307, 013 schoolchildren in the state have so far benefitted from the programme .

“ Also , a total of 1, 850 schools have been covered and 151, 438 pupils have been fed in Osun State. ”

He said 1 , 479 schools had been covered and 171, 835 pupils fed so far in Taraba State ; while a total of 1, 403 schools had been covered in Oyo State, where 107, 983 pupils have been fed .

Akade added, “ In Anambra State , 807 schools have been covered and 103, 742 schoolchildren have been fed so far , while in Enugu State , 108, 898 pupils in 622 schools have been fed .

“ In Ebonyi State , the school feeding programme has so far covered 1, 050 schools and 163, 137 schoolchildren have been fed . ”

The statement added, “ In Ogun State, 903 schools have so far been covered with 231, 660 pupils fed . Also , a total of 95 , 134 schoolchildren in 882 schools have been fed in Plateau State .

“ Delta and Abia states recorded 742 schools each, with 141, 663 and 61 , 316 schoolchildren fed respectively. ”

He said with the commencement of a new academic session in September , it was expected that more schools would benefit from the programme , as more states would be added to the list, in line with the Federal Government ’ s target that “ 5 . 5 million schoolchildren would be fed by the end of 2017. ”

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