Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development Hajiya Sadiya Umar- Farouq said the Federal Government plans to enroll around five million students in the National Home Grown School Feeding Program (NHGSFP) by 2023.
Farouq made the revelation during a stakeholders meeting in Zamfara to enumerate beneficiaries and scale up the NHGSFP.
Mrs Halima Oyelade, Special Assistant on Corporate Communications to the Minister, made the announcement on Friday in Abuja.
“Over nine million pupils are benefitting from one free nutritious meal a day during school term nationwide.
“Now, we have the mandate to reach an additional five million pupils by 2023.
“With over 100,000 cooks employed and more than 100,000 smallholder farmers participating in this value chain, the NHGSFP is a serious potential for socio-economic development and it needs to be strengthened, scaled up and sustained nationwide”.
“I am pleased that the Zamfara and Federal NHGSFP teams, as well as key stakeholders, are working jointly and closely to verify existing numbers of beneficiaries on the programme and update the records for better effectiveness, transparency and accountability.
“To this end, while thanking the Zamfara Government for its commitment in implementing the NHGSFP, I also wish to encourage us all to do more to ensure more children benefit from this programme,” she said.
She went on to say that the NHGSFP was created as a multi-faceted intervention to increase school enrolment, improve student nutrition, support local food production, and promote employment and revenue development.
“In particular, it aims to provide one nutritious lunch to all students in public primary schools in grades one through three.”
She added the decision to launch the National Social Investment Programme, which includes the NHGSFP, N-Power, Conditional Cash Transfer, and Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme, was motivated by President Muhammadu Buhari’s mission to combat extreme poverty.
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