- Presidency says the initiative is targeting over 12 million pupils
- Says HGSFP has not only helped to increase enrollment rates of pupils in these communities
The Presidency has revealed that the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) is currently feeding over 9.5 million public primary schools (classes 1-3) pupils with one free, balanced and nutritious meal a day in 30 states nationwide.
While also revealing that it has empowered 101,913 cooks in these states, the Presidency said the initiative has a target of reaching 12 million pupils.
Laolu Akande, a presidential spokesman in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday listed the 30 states currently benefiting from the school feeding programme as Anambra, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Ebonyi, Enugu, Kaduna, Kebbi, Kogi, Sokoto, and Nasarawa.
Others include Taraba, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Plateau, Delta, Zamfara, Imo, Jigawa, Kano, Niger, Katsina, Ondo, Edo and Gombe.
The Presidency further explained that HGSFP has not only helped to increase enrollment rates of pupils in these communities, but it is also effectively tackling early year malnutrition while improving the cognitive skills of children.
It also pointed that the initiative has also provided sustainable income for local farmers, cooks, which has increased growth and productivity in the local economy.
“In continuation of its efforts to invest in the country’s human capital development, the Buhari administration has continued to make significant strides through it National Social Investment Programmes (N-SIP).
“President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s NSIP is aimed at empowering Nigerians and improving their livelihood through several initiatives.
“Millions of Nigerians nationwide are currently benefitting from the different schemes under the N-SIP, which is the largest social welfare scheme in the history of the country.”
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On its Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) scheme, the statement said the present administration is supporting the most vulnerable in society while developing a skilled workforce for economic productivity by providing jobs for millions of Nigerian youths through the N-Power programme, and improving the learning and cognitive skills of Nigeria’s children through the NHGSFP.
It also said that the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP) provide financial support through micro-credit schemes to small traders and businesses at the bottom of the financial pyramid.
Beneficiaries include petty traders, women cooperatives, youths, farmers and agricultural workers.
It also added that in president Muhammadu Buhari’s second term, about 10 million Nigerians are expected to benefit from GEEP, which includes TraderMoni. MarketMoni and FarmerMoni.
On the Cash Transfer scheme, the presidency said it aims to reach one million poorest households, adding that one million new beneficiaries are expected to be added to the N-Power scheme, arguably the largest job creation and youth employment scheme in Africa.