The Lagos State Government has revealed that there is no fixed model for the implementation of the Federal Government’s initiative of a-meal a-day Home Grown School Feeding Programme, stating that there was the need to domesticate the implementation and act locally.
This was disclosed in Lagos by the State’s Deputy Governor, Dr Oluranti Adebule, during a two-day workshop on the school feeding programme, designed to reduce hunger and malnutrition among school children.
Speaking at the event, which brought together, stakeholders drawn from the ministries of education, health, agriculture, research institutes, among others, Adebule, stressed the need to take into cognizance the staple foods of each locality, nutritional value of meals, logistics, mode of selection of vendors, orientation, tradition and culture of the people.
Adebule, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr Adeshina Odeyemi, regretted that most school children are missing out on a healthy start in life as a result of their background, adding that every Nigerian child deserves the same healthy start as children born in Asia, America and Europe.
She described the school feeding programme as a veritable way of raising the country’s literacy level which would also encourage the cooperation of parents and guardians towards the success of education in Nigeria.
According to her, the introduction of the scheme is expected to create 1.14 million new jobs; increase food production by up to 530,000 metric tonnes per annum, as well as attract fresh investments up to N980 billion.