FG to feed 5.5m school children

FG to feed 5.5m school children

The federal government has said that it will feed 5.5 million school children in its Home Grown School Feeding programmes.

“This programme will curb the current early drop-out rate from primary school which is currently estimated at 30 per cent and consequently improve enrollment and incentivize completion of school.

“It will also improve child nutrition and increase local agriculture production, while providing structural demand for agricultural products.

“It will create jobs and improve family wellbeing and the overall state of the economy,” the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Hajia Zainab Ahmed said on Thursday in Abuja at the breakdown of the 2016 budget.

Shedding light on other strategic implementation plan of the budget, Hajia Ahmed said that the approved N191.5 billion was to give temporary teaching employments to 500, 000 teachers and 100,000 artisans, explaining that the federal government will affect positively the lives of 8.86 million people in the country through social intervention programmes.

“N68.7 billion has been approved for one million Nigerians to be paid N5,000 per month under the Conditional Cash Transfer programme.

“The N140.3 billion Enterprise Programme will support one million market women, 460,000 artisans and 200,000 agriculture workers.

“Also, the N5.8 billion STEM Education Grant is targeted at reaching 100,000 students in Science, Technology and Mathematics,” she said.

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