President Muhammadu Buhari’s government has disclosed that it will spend N999 million daily to feed approximately 10 million pupils in the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) across the country.
This was revealed on Tuesday by Aishatu Digil, the team lead of NHGSFP at a stakeholders’ meeting on disbursement modalities for the review cost of feeding in the programme in Abuja.
Ms Digil said Sadiya Umar Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, has authorised spending N100 per person daily on feeding in the programme and that 9,990,862 pupils from primary one to three in the programme will now be fed with N100 daily for 20 days in a month, which would amount to N999,086,200 daily.
“Prior to this, we were feeding school children with N70 per child, per meal. This was since 2016, but the president has approved N100 upward review.
“The breakdown of the N100 is as follows; N70 is for the cost of all food items except egg, N14 for the cost of egg to be implemented through the state structures in partnership with Poultry Association of Nigeria.
“We are planning on having ‘Egg Wednesday’, where each child in the programme will be given one egg every Wednesday.
“N10 stipends for cooks, N5 and N6 for micronutrient fortification, payable to cooks and one naira for quality assurance, payable to supervisors, which is optional,” she told the News Agency of Nigeria.