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Business News of Wednesday, 1 February 2023


States get FG funds for school feeding programmes

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The Federal Government, on Tuesday, announced that it had commenced the release of funds for its school feeding programme being managed by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

It said the funds were being released to appointed vendors in states, adding that the move would encourage the participation and enrollment of school children.

The humanitarian ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, disclosed this in an announcement posted on LinkedIn.

He said, “This is to inform the general public that the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development has commenced the release of funds for the second school term for the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme.

“As public primary schools resume nationwide, funds for the first cycle of feeding in 2023 are being released to state government appointed vendors across participating schools for the provision of free meals to enrolled pupils, to encourage enrollment and support their nutrition.

“The school feeding programme is an initiative of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration aimed at providing one nutritious meal to pupils of primary one to three in public schools.

“Through this programme, state governments are responsible for ensuring meals are prepared and served to pupils using funds released by the Federal Government. Every feeding cycle is to last 20 days in a month, five days in a week.”

The government stated that currently, the programme was feeding close to 10 million pupils in over 50,000 public primary schools.