FCTA Flags Off School Feeding Programme In Karu, To Feed 120,300 Pupils
FCTA To Feed 120,300 Thousand Pupils Henceforth
FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Aliyu, says the Administration is adequately prepared to feed a total of 120,300 pupils across the six area councils in the territory from the FCT Home Grown School Feeding Programme of the government.
The minister who stated this during the official flag-off of the programme in Karu Model School also revealed that the pupils were drawn from the 626 public primary schools within the six area councils of the territory.
The Minister of State for FCT who maintained that the programme was designed to improve the health and educational outcomes of public primary school pupils, explained that the programme links local farmers to the education sector by facilitating their access to the school feeding market.
She assured that strategic measures had been put in place to ensure that all stakeholders parents, teachers, traditional and community leaders who are the gatekeepers ensure the success of the programme.
She also hinted that measures are on ground to ensure that vendors prepare quality meals under hygienic condition for the Nigerian child.
“The programme is targeting about 120,300 pupils that will be drawn from 626 public primary schools across the six Area Councils of the FCT. Henceforth, pupils will be fed once daily with meals containing the six required nutrients from primary one to three.
“I want to assure you that all stakeholders parents, teachers, traditional and community leaders who are the gatekeepers, and the vendors who will prepare the meals will be carried along in the full implementation of this programme,” Aliyu emphasized
The minister who specifically stated that the programme in FCT is for pupils in LEAs, however called on community leaders and all stakeholders in the FCT to assist the Federal Government in lifting the burdens off indigent parents who could not afford balanced diets for their wards.
Earlier in her remarks, the minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouk, noted that the Social Investment programmes of the Federal Government were designed to achieve the national objectives of reducing poverty and taking a 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by creating opportunity, increasing resilience, promoting equity and stimulating growth in the country.
According to Hajia Farouk, the National Home Grown School Feeding programme is one of the four cardinal programmes of National Social Investment Programme, with the objective to provide one nutritious, balanced meal each school day to pupils in classes 1 to 3 in public primary schools across the country.
The programme is also geared to motivate out of school children back to School as well as help to guard against malnutrition among school age children .