The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk has disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved addition of 5 million pupils into the school feeding programme of the Federal Government.
Farouk stated this on Monday in Jos while handing over 50,000 feeding utensils for beneficiaries of the National Home grown school feeding programme in Plateau State, held at the Obasanjo Model School, Jos.
The Minister represented by the Assistant Director Planning Research and Statistics in the Ministry, Ali Garba said the approval of the 5 Million pupils is in addition to the National home grown school feeding programme which provides free meal to over 9 million pupils in primary school across the nation.
The benefits of this programme and its impact on the lives and livelihood of individuals, groups and communities is clear, evident and undeniable.
The Minister said the programme provides hundred of jobs with people earning the much need income.
She said the federal government and state government have a shared responsibility and specific roles on the provision of the free meals to the children.
Governor Simon Lalong, represented by his Commissioner of Special Duties Hon. Irimiya Werr while Receiving the 50,000 utensils applauded the Federal government for the initiative.
Lalong said the enrollment into primary schools has increased as a result of this initiative as well as job creation which is one of the objectives of the program.
Earlier the Focal Person National Social investment program in the state Dr. Sumaye Hamza said more than 20 billion Naira has so far been injected into the plateau economy through the beneficiaries.