Free School Feeding To Resume In January - FG
By Olamide Fadoju
The Federal Government says it has concluded plans to continue the Home Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP) when schools resume nationwide in January 2020.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq disclosed this in Abuja while detailing plans for the resumption of the programme that feeds about 10 million pupils in 33 states across the federation.
According to the statement, "The Federal Government has proactively paid suppliers of foodstuff and cooks under the for January 2020 to ensure that feeding the 9.9 million pupils in the participating States and the FCT starts immediately schools resume in the next two weeks.
The Minister further revealed that the funds for the projects were released in December to ensure that suppliers and cooks can deliver at the expected time.
“We believe that paying these funds early is critical to the success of the programme. We do not want any hitches, and we want to ensure that the school children are fed on time, and without any excuses," the Minister emphasised.
She also called for the maintenance of the nutritional quality of the meals given to the children adding the Programme which feeds a total of 9,963,726 pupils in 54, 942 schools across the country has improved attendance in the schools and improved hygiene among the pupils.