Three more states have been added to the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme, with an additional 1 million children now benefi tting from it. Th ey are Cross River, Akwa Ibom and Niger states, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s offi ce said yesterday. Th is brings to 17 the number of states currently participating in the school feeding programme, a crucial part of President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s Social Investment Programmes (SIP), aimed at tackling poverty and hunger, as well as creating jobs for Nigerians.
Th e other 14 states already on the programme are Anambra, Enugu, Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Ebonyi, Zamfara, Delta, Abia, Benue, Plateau, Bauchi, Taraba and Kaduna. So far, in Cross River state, 117,750 children in 973 schools are being fed under the programme, while in Akwa Ibom, there are 171,732 children in 1,101 schools being fed. Niger has a total of 710,880 being fed in 2,411 schools in the state. In total, 4,773,064 schoolchildren in 25,771 schools in 17 states are currently benefi tting from the school feeding programme.
Th is is a notable increase from the previous total of 2,918,842 schoolchildren from 19,881 schools in 14 states that had benefi tted from the programme. About 34,869 direct jobs have since been created from the school feeding programme across the participating states. In Cross River state, for example, 1,384 cooks have been engaged, while 1,309 cooks are currently engaged in Akwa Ibom state, and 5,924 cooks are engaged under the programme in Niger State. Meanwhile, few days after the United Nations designated 17th October as the International Day for Eradication of Poverty, thousands of Nigerians identifi ed poorest and most vulnerable have received the monthly Conditional Cash Transfer in Plateau and Cross River states.
About 115,000 benefi ciaries are now being funded with the monthly N5,000 stipend in 16 states; including Borno, Cross River, Niger, Kwara, Ekiti, Kogi, Oyo, Osun, Plateau, Bauchi, Anambra, Jigawa, Taraba and Adamawa.