About 3.2 house holds will benefit from Federal Government’s school feeding programme in Abuja.
This is according to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.
The Minister, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq said the Ministry will commence immediate distribution of food items to 3.2 million house holds who are registered under the Home Grown school feeding programme in Abuja.
In a press statement issued by the Minister’s media aide Salisu Dambatta, the exercise will begin on Thursday in the Federal Capital Territory, before proceeding to Lagos and Ogun States.
She said every State would benefit under the current arrangements, noting that other states will follow subsequently after Lagos and Ogun.
The statement noted: “Take home rations will be used as means of distributing food items to house holds, registered under the National home grown feeding programme.”
“The Ministry had earlier liased with State governors on directives of Mr. President to develop strategies on the continuation of the school feeding programme, as the children are staying at home.
According to her, the take home rations will be the best option that is accepted globally for school feeding programme, adding that the items would be distributed to households because the school are currently at home as a result of the lockdown directive by Mr. President.
“President Muhammadu Buhari had announced a lockdown in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic with a mandatory stay at home order to all including school children in FCT, Lagos and Ogun state.
“The Ministry was also given a directive to agree on modalities on how best food will be delivered to children in their homes.
“The target beneficiaries for the school feeding programme are children schooling in public schools in Primary 1 to 3 who are registered with the programme.
“Currently, a total of 3,131,971 house holds are targeted for the intervention, while the registration process will be open to accommodate others.
“Though schools were shut down and the children are at home, the school feeding programme will continue in order to promote education and improve on enrolment.
“Each household will receive a take home rations of food items that is valued at N4, 200 which made up of 5kg bag of rice, 5kg bag of beans, 500ml of vegetable oil, 750 ml of palm oil, 500 mg salt, 15 pieces of eggs and 140gm of tomato paste”, while she said over 6000 schools will serve as distribution centers .