The Senior Special Assistant to the President on School Feeding, Dr. Yetunde Adeniji, has disclosed the plans of the Federal Government to feed one hundred thousand displaced children in the North.
According to a statement released in Abuja on Saturday, Adeniji said the Federal Government plans to start with five thousand displaced kids for the first phase of the feeding initiative with the hope of increasing the number to one hundred thousand subsequently.
The statement added that during a courtesy visit to the Emir of Borgu Kingdom, HRH Dr. Barrister Mohammed Sani Dantoro, a call was made to the Borgu Kingdom to seek support in deepening the federal government school feeding programme.
The statement read, “It is noteworthy that Dr. Yetunde Adeniji, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on School Feeding, and her team paid a courtesy visit to HRH Dr. Barrister Mohammed Sani Dantoro, the Emir of Borgu Kingdom, to seek support in deepening the federal government school feeding programme.
“During the visit, the Emir expressed his commitment to providing continuous support for the programme initiated by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. He also raised concerns regarding the challenges facing the school feeding programme, emphasising that effective implementation, monitoring, and evaluation are crucial for its sustainability.
“This programme plans to capture 5,000 displaced children at the first instance, with the hope of increasing it to 50,000 and 100,000 subsequently.”
Continuing, Adeniji stated that the Emir highlighted the importance of meeting the expectations of the overall implementation of the initiative and the need to address all perceived obstacles and bottlenecks.
Shortly after they left the Emirate, the delegation was also granted an audience by the governor as an extension of the familiarisation tour of the North.
“We recognised the capacity of President Tinubu’s Senior Special Assistant to bring reforms that will see to the success of the schools feeding programme.
‘We also believe the incorporation of the Almajiri as one of the new reforms in the programme is an idea that will help in taking them off the streets. We want to assure you of the support of the Nasarawa State Government towards meeting the objective of the programme,” the governor stated.
Adeniji added that the Emir highlighted the importance of meeting the expectations of the overall implementation of the initiative and the need to address all perceived obstacles and bottlenecks.