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FG to commence feeding of primary school pupils

All is now set for the commencement of the National Home Grown Feeding Programme in the FCT and other states across the country.

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq made this known at the inspection of the food items at a warehouse in Idu Industrial area in Abuja.

Represented by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Mallam Jalal Arabi said the Ministry was working according to the mandate of the President despite that the pupils were home, to give them a sense of belonging.

“We are here on a final inspection of those items which Mr President has pledged during his address to the nation as one of the palliatives that should go to the society this is an aspect of the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme which ordinary and for the pandemic that should be an on-going exercise meant for the pupils in the primary school but connecting with Nigerians and giving them a sense of belonging Mr President felt that it is an exercise should be conducted despite the lockdown this is going to be replicated in all the states of the Federation where the programme is on-going”

According to the Minister, the Ministry would ensure that the intervention reaches the intended beneficiaries

“The only difference rather going to the schools we are going to the various households make sure they these items are delivered to those pupils and beneficiaries that ordinary would have gotten it if the schools are opened. we have our data, we have list of beneficiaries and ensure they get to the destination”

Each household will receive uncooked food items that have been assessed and approved by nutrition experts as adequate for the children.

Items to be distributed include rice, tomatoes paste, eggs, salts, groundnut and palm oils.

HADIZA ABDULRAHMAN

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