Activities aimed at launching an ambitious school feeding programme are nearing implementation, the presidency announced on Wednesday.
Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, will on Thursday lead select state governors and other stakeholders to review preparations for the launch of the Home-Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP), a statement from the President’s office said.
The statement signed by Laolu Akande, media aide to Osinbajo, said the Home Grown School Feeding Programme would affect about 5.5m Nigerians in the first year of its operation and would be rolling out soon in several states, preceded by a Stakeholders Forum holding in Aso Rock on Thursday to be addressed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
He noted that the main agenda for the Thursday meeting is the review of the Strategic Plan for the rollout of the scheme which is part of the N500B Social Investment plans of the Buhari presidency.
The strategic plans runs until 2020 and forms the cornerstone of the nationwide Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF) programme which when fully realized will provide a nutritious hot meal a day to over 24 million primary school children.
According to him, the HGSF programmes will provide free school meals procured from local farmers, adding that “not only will the Home Grown School Feeding programme help our pupils become better students, it will also boost the local economies, and create new jobs along the way.”
The forum will have in attendance Governors of Borno, Oyo, Osun, Enugu and Kaduna, and other government representatives and stakeholders from all 36 Nigerian States as well as developmental partners.
The statement added that the forum which is also an advocacy event will provide the opportunity for state teams and their partners to model their school feeding plans within the national HGSF framework.
The Acting President, Laolu said, will also seize the opportunity of the meeting to launch the ‘Global School Feeding Sourcebook: Lessons from 14 countries’, a joint Partnership for Child Development, the World Bank and World Food Programme analysis of national school feeding programmes from across the globe.
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