The Federal government will today lunch the school feeding programme, which is expected to ensure the feeding of over 24 million primary school children, would have each of the children given one meal per day in the first year of its operation.
The scheme is part of the N500 billion social investment plans of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Presidency, even as both the federal and state governments are expected to review the strategic plan for the scheme.
The event is billed to hold at the Old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Some dignitaries expected to be in attendance include governors of Borno, Oyo, Osun, Enugu and Kaduna states, and other government representatives and stakeholders from 36 states of the federation and developmental partners.
According to a statement from the Office of the Acting President, the strategic plans will run until 2020 and forms the cornerstone of the nationwide Home Grown School Feeding programme.
The statement added that “the Federal Government is working with key technical partners to capitalize upon global experience and adopt best practices.”
One such partner is the UK’s Imperial College, London’s Partnership for Child Development, PCD, which is providing technical assistance to the Presidency. The scheme is to help pupils become better students, and also boost the local economies, and create new jobs along the way.
Beside the strategic plan, Osinbajo would also 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.