Monday 27th March, 2017
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Lagos to domesticate school feeding programme

Lagos to domesticate school feeding programme

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.

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