Nigeria’s School Feeding prog. targets 5.5m children by 2017 ending

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…recruits 500,000 graduates for N-Power

The home-grown School Feeding Programme of the Federal Government of Nigeria is targeting to cater for at least 5.5 million children before the end of 2017, Nigeria’s Country Report to the Parliament has revealed. Presenting the Report, Hon. Asabe Vilita Bashir disclosed that the Feeding Programme now provides a free, nutritious meal, once a day, to over 5 million children across 19 out of the 36 states of the Federation.

In addition to providing nutrition for children in the first three years of primary education, Bashir explained that the school feeding programme buys food from local farmers, and employs about 55,000 cooks in 28, 249 schools.

According to her, other participants in the food value chain such as processors and transporters also benefit by way of wages to more workers and increase in revenue, indirectly from this program. In a related development, as part of measures to address youth unemployment in the country, the Report also indicated that Nigeria has through its social investment programme that kicked off in 2016, recruited 500,000 young undergraduates for the first phase of its N-Power project.

It stated that these young people have been deployed across the 774 local government areas of the country as Teaching Assistants in public primary schools, public health assistants in primary health centers, and as agricultural extension service assistants in various agricultural programs. Explaining further, Hon. Vilita noted that while 200,000 of these graduates were engaged in 2016, 300,000 have been recruited in 2017 and are at the verge of being posted out.

Expounding on efforts being made by the government towards creating more jobs, she disclosed in the Report that government is implementing the Family Homes Fund, the essence of which “is to create a large number of jobs in construction and promote widespread home ownership by providing affordable housing, to be paid for through a sustainable mortgage financing”.


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