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Friday, December 09, 2016

Anambra Takes Centre Stage, As School Feeding Programme Kicks Off


Having been the first state in Nigeria to meet up with the requirements for Federal Government funding for the Homegrown School Feeding, Anambra State kicked off  the school feeding programme yesterday. 

Speaking from Awka, Anambra State capital earlier today, the Special Assistant on Homegrown School Feeding Programme in the Office of the Vice President, Dotun Adebayo, said primary school pupils in Anambra were excited as the feeding started in their schools.

Mr. Adebayo, who led a team of federal and state officials to some of the schools on day one of the Homegrown School Feeding Programme implementation, said they witnessed the feeding in three schools in Awka: Community Primary School, Awka South, Central School Ameobi, and Central School in Nibo.

“The pupils were excited and enjoyed the meals,” he stated, adding that the cooks in those three schools, among the total 774 already recruited and trained for the feeding programme, served ‘Okpa’ a.k.a Moin-moin garnished with vegetables to the delight of the pupils who took the meals during their break time about noonday.

All together in Anambra State, an estimated 76, 690 pupils in 1050 schools would be served every day of school. The feeding programme caters to pupils from primary 1-3. The programme is expected to last till the end of the current school term.



All the cooks were recruited from communities around the primary schools for the program, verified and trained to provide the catering service in the 21 LGAs in the State. Also the programme leverages on the agricultural produce available within the communities.

A total of 17 States have concluded the designing of the School feeding models through state-level multi-sectorial capacity building workshops, based on FG’s stipulated requirements. Those states will proceed in the planning and would soon get to the implementation stage.

With Anambra State being the first to meet up with FG requirement, other states trying to follow suit are; Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi, Enugu, Sokoto, Kaduna, Borno, Zamfara, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Benue, Plateau, Taraba, Delta, Abia and Bauchi.

Estimated figures from 15 of these states put the numbers of pupils to be feed at over 3.4 million.


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