The Federal Government will kick start its National Home Grown School Feeding Programme in September with 5.5 million school pupils across the country.
The National Programme Manager for the scheme, Mrs. Abimbola Adesanmi, made the disclosure at a stakeholders’ workshop on the Ogun State Home Grown School Feeding Programme, held in Abeokuta, the state capital, Wednesday.
According to the national programme manager, the project would accommodate pupils in primary one to three at the take – off stage.
Abimbola said while states, depending on readiness, would define their respective model based on cost effectiveness and sustainability, the federal government will provide oversight and technical support.
“The FG is providing oversight and also supporting the states with technical assistance to strengthen the structure that exists in the states. They federal government is providing funds to feed pupils in primary 1-3 as a start -up.
“For this year, it is beginning with 5.5 million pupils and with increase in enrolment, we may go beyond that. But that is what we plan for now.
“There are a lot of factors involved, we have to know how many pupils are in school and that is the first determinant. This workshop would assist us in determining that”, she said.