The Federal Government has said 33, 895 cooks have been engaged to cater to 2,827,501 schoolkids spread across 14 states and spent over N6.2 billion under its National Homegrown School Feeding Programme.
Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media and Publicity, said this in a statement he issued on Sunday. Akande said government intends expanding the programme to reach some three million primary school pupils this year.
“Specifically, at the last count, a total of N6, 204,912,889 has been paid out to 14 states during the school year ending August 2017.
“The 14 states that have been covered under the School Feeding Programme are: Anambra, Enugu, Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Ebonyi, Zamfara, Delta, Abia, Benue, Plateau, Bauchi, Taraba and Kaduna.
“So far, a total of 2,827,501 school children are currently benefiting from the School Feeding Programme, which is well on course to achieve the Federal Government’s projection to feed over three million pupils this year,’’ he said.
According to him, Anambra State received N693, 013,300, catered for 103,742 children and hired 1,009 cooks. Enugu state got a total of N 571,877,400 and 108,898 children have been fed so far, with 1,276 cooks paid.
“In Oyo state, a total of N490,296, 800 was released by the Federal Government for the feeding of 107,983 children, with 1,372 cooks engaged.
“Osun state received a total of N1,000, 394,888 for the feeding of 151,438 children. A total of 2,863 cooks were engaged in the state.
“Similarly, Ogun received a total of and N1,042,217,400 for the feeding of 231,660 schoolchildren, while a total of 2,205 cooks were paid.’’
Akande further stated that Ebonyi received N344,633, 100 for the feeding of 163,137 pupils so far, with a total of 1,453 cooks paid while Zamfara received N402,295,600 for the feeding of 107,347 school children while 1,127 cooks were engaged.
He also disclosed that Delta received N225,896,300 for the feeding of 141,663 pupils and 1,364 cooks engaged in the state.
Akande also said, “Abia and Benue received a total of N128,763,600 and N337,157,800 respectively to feed a total of 61,316 and 240,827 pupils.
“In Abia, a total of 750 cooks were engaged, while 3,344 cooks were paid in Benue.
“Plateau and Bauchi states received a total of N133,187,600 and N214,909,101 for the feeding of a total of 95,134 and 307,013 pupils respectively in the states.
“Also, 1,418 cooks have so far been engaged in Plateau state, with 3,261 in Bauchi state.’’
The presidential aide also said Taraba received N120,284, 500, adding that 171,835 pupils had been fed while 2,596 cooks were paid.
He said that Kaduna state received N499, 985, 500 while 835,508 pupils had been fed so far and 9,857 cooks were paid under the programme in the state.
According to him, more states and primary school pupils across the country are expected to benefit from the feeding programme by the time schools re-open next month for a new session.