By Samuel Awoyinfa – Punch
The Federal Government has said the introduction of its home-grown feeding programme has led to increase in the enrolment of pupils in public primary schools across the country.
The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Hajia Zainab Ahmed, made the disclosure in Abeokuta, Ogun State, during an assessment of the programme at the St. Paul Demonstration School, Onikolobo.
She said the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration was working towards spreading the programme to all government-owned primary schools in the country.
She said, “I am very impressed with what I see, the school environment is very conducive. The food being served to the kids is very tasty and I am told that school enrolment has increased because of the feeding programme.
“The quality of the food is high and it is nutritious, which means the children will have better learning and results. The Federal Government’s mission is to make sure that every school is covered and the state and the FG are working closely on this programme.”
Ahmed further noted that the FG was working towards ensuring that all primary schools in the state were covered in the Federal Government home-grown feeding programme.
She added, “For us to have all schools covered, it actually depends on the readiness of the state. There are a number of things that we need to do. We need to make sure that the right people are trained. They must have bank account numbers and Biometric Verification Numbers. They must be ready to deliver high-quality nutritious food to the children.’’
The state Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, commended the FG’s initiative and the political will to drive it but added that there was the need for improvement on the programme.
He said, “On this home- grown feeding programme, kudos to the FG for the initiative. It takes a good leader to open up such an initiative and at the same time drive it.”