The Nigerian government says it has spent a total of six point two billion naira to provide free meal for primary school pupils in fourteen States of the nation. The federal government said the gesture is in fulfillment of its plan to scale up the Social Investment Programmes, SIP, this year.
The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, Laolu Akande, in a statement said the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is now close to its target of feeding three million primary school children this year under the National Homegrown School Feeding Programme, one of its four ongoing SIP schemes.
The fourteen states that have been covered under the School Feeding programme are Anambra, Enugu, Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Ebonyi, Zamfara, Delta, Abia, Benue, Plateau, Bauchi, Taraba and Kaduna.
More States and primary school pupils across the country are expected to benefit from the feeding programme by the time schools reopen next month for a new session.