Reporter: CHINAZO ILECHUKWU
The Federal Government has announced plans to extend the ongoing home grown school feeding programme to cover all primary school pupils in the country.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk, gave the indication during the commencement of the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme Enumeration in Owerri, Imo State.
The Minister said the Federal Government was extending the number of beneficiaries of the programme from ten to fifteen million in its efforts to boost school enrolment and check malnutrition in children.
She explained that independent enumerators and monitors had been engaged to determine the number of beneficiaries across the states and ascertain the implementation level of the Feeding Programme.
Hajiya Farouk whose address was read by a Director in the ministry Chief Ralph Obi, urged the Imo State Government to ensure that only the most vulnerable benefitted from the Social intervention programme insisting that the Federal Government was determined to fight poverty in the country.
The representative of the Imo State Governor and Commissioner for Budget, planning and Statistics, Mr. Christopher Osuala, noted that the home grown school feeding programme would not only encourage pupils enrolment in schools but would boost agriculture.
Mr. Osuala stated that the programme would create employment for women, who would serve as cooks and caterers, adding that the Governor Uzodimma administration was determined to end poverty in the state.
Only pupils from primary one to three are currently enjoying the home grown school feeding program of the Federal Government.