The Federal Government of Nigeria said it has so far expended N3.77 billion on feeding of 1,287,270 school children in nine states under its Home Grown School Feeding Programme.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President, Laolu Akande, who disclosed this recently, also said the project has engaged a total of 14,547 cooks across the country.
He listed Anambra, Enugu, Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Ebonyi, Zamfara, Delta and Abia as the currently benefiting states, adding that the money were released to them in tranches.
To ensure that the programme effectively impacts on the communities, the Ag President’s spokesman said the cooks were sourced from within the localities of the affected schools.
According to him, the Federal government pays the cooks directly, with a slight variation in Osun State where some of the food items, such as eggs, were bought centrally by an aggregator.
The National Homegrown School Feeding scheme kicked off in December 2016 with the feeding of primary school pupils in Anambra State.
The Special Assistant on Homegrown School Feeding Programme in the Office of the Vice President, Dotun Adebayo, said primary school pupils in Anambra State were excited as the feeding started in their schools.
Adebayo, who led a team of federal and state officials to some of the schools, said they witnessed the feeding in three schools in Awka: Community Primary School, Awka South; Central School Ameobi, and Central School in Nibo.