EDUCATION

FG to increase feeding programme in Enugu schools

The Federal Government has promised to expand the number of schools in Enugu State that will benefit from the National Home Grown School Feeding Program (NHGSFP).

Sadiya Umar-Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, said following a meeting with Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi that 799 schools have enrolled for the program in the state.

After a recent stakeholders meeting and the commencement of enumeration of beneficiaries, Umar-Faouq, who was represented by Mrs. Nkechi Onwukwe, Director, Special Needs in the ministry, said the government considered expanding up the NHGSFP program to accommodate additional kids.

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She explained that the purpose of the enumeration was to provide the ministry with the true number of students, cooks, and difficulties, as well as gaps and concerns that needed to be addressed before the number of students and schools in the state could be increased.

The minister acknowledged that there were different differences in the number of kids from primary one to three in each of the 799 primary schools, but that such had been addressed.

According to Umar-Farouq, the program has benefited around nine million students in elementary schools across the country, with primary school students enjoying one free meal every day since 2016.
Additionally  an extra five million elementary school students will be added to the mix in the near future.

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