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School Feeding Programme reaches 19 States with 5 Million Pupils – FG



School Feeding Programme reaches 19 States with 5 Million Pupils - BellaNaija

The Presidency on Monday revealed the school feeding programme has been launched in 19 of the country’s 36 states, Guardian reports.

The school feeding program, officially termed the National Home-Grown School Feeding is part of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s National Social Investment Programme, and one of the promises made during his campaign.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice-President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, according to Guardian, listed the 19 states as Anambra, Enugu, Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Ebonyi, Zamfara, Delta, Abia, Benue, Plateau, Bauchi, Taraba, Kaduna, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Imo, Jigawa and Niger.

As at August, when just 14 states enjoyed the school feeding programme, the Federal Government, through Akande, said it had paid N6,204,912,889 to the states.

According to Guardian, 50,000 cooks are currently employed under the programme, with over 5 million pupils in 28,249 schools being fed.

While the program has indeed kicked off in these states, photos and videos circulating on social media show that in some schools, vendors pay little or no regard to food hygiene.

The most recent being that of pupils of Zubairu Primary School, Paiko, Niger state. Twitter user @comradenas shared photos of some school children holding noodles and quartered boiled eggs in transparent polythene bags, saying the children are pupils of the above mentioned school.

See below:

Photo Credit: @ComradeNas, @voiceofnigeria


  1. bruno

    November 21, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    stupid government. are we sending our kids to school to eat or to learn. just see the food sef. this country is gone.

    our primary and secondary school system is in the gutter and this government is more concerned about sharing uncooked rice and noodles.

    • Fence

      November 21, 2017 at 10:04 pm

      I heard 500 billion was budgeted for this?…. just looking at the picture makes me want to vomit… what is this? Sad, if they were even doing it well i would appreciate but see how they packaged the meals

  2. Bia

    November 21, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    Buhari, is this what your children eat? Nigeria we hail thee. And APC wants to be in power post Feb’ 2019???? Nerhi Nerhi. Nerhi. Once bitten twice shy.

  3. Engoz

    November 22, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    So, this is the ‘innovative’ thing APC can come up with for the education sector?
    So you people actually sat down and were discussing how to distribute rice in nylon bags to school children? Wow!
    The unfortunate and terrifying thing is that the poor is obviously going to be happy with this nonsense. Politicians know that the poor wants short term satisfaction. So they throw crumbs at the poor to get some allegiance. Same tactic Fayose uses. I’m more interested in the long term goals of the APC for the education sector which I’m yet to see any credible, innovative submission by the APC government. This method of throwing crumbs to the poor is killing us since they make up the majority of the population in Nigeria. If the poor can abandon stomach politics, or take their money but vote differently, Nigeria will be on its path to redemption.

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