The federal government has announced that N142.3 billion will be used to feed 9.86 million children, deworm seven million children and recount the pupils in 2021 under the Home-Grown School Feeding Program(NHGSFP).
Newsmen report that the proposed allocation for the NHGSFP accounts for 40.5 per cent of the total recurrent expenditure of the nation’s social investment programmes, NSIP, domiciled under the ministry of humanitarian affairs, which was established in 2019.
The proposed N142.3 billion is meant to cater to the feeding of about 10 million, deworming of seven million primary 1-3 pupils in 35 states and FCT and 60,000 out-of-school children, enumeration of pupils and training of cooks and farmers.
Also, N2.7 billion is planned to be used for the “purchase of feeding utensils, devices for capturing and aprons for cooks” for the feeding programme. In all, the NHGSFP could gulp N145 billion in 2021.