Akpan Etukudoh Asare
At least, 97,000 cooks have been employed all over the country to cook food for the federal government school children feeding programme.
The national coordinator of National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP), Mrs Bimbo Adesanmi confirmed in Calabar.
Adesanmi also said no fewer than 9.3 million Nigerian school children were currently benefitting from the national school feeding programme.
Speaking while interacting with the people of Ebiet Okon Community in Akpabuyo LGA of Cross River State, Adesanmi said that the programme is running in 26 states of the country, revealing that 50,000 schools were participating in it.
She said, “97,000 individuals have been employed as cooks. This is a development which has assisted immensely in taking a large number of army of unemployed youths off the streets.”
The coordinator maintained that with the programme children of low income earners can afford to go to school without parents bordering themselves of looking for what to give to their wards to eat to school and called on members of the community to take advantage of the programme ensure that they increased the number of children enrollment since the federal government has taken the burden of providing food for their wards off thier shoulders.
Adesanmi said that the number of out of school children in the country has drastically reduced and solicited for support for the programme.
Adesanmi urged people of the state to participate in the implementation of the programme if they wanted its impact to be felt in the state.
Bimbo stressed that the programme was in partial fulfillment of the campaign promise made by the administration of President Mohammadu Buhari that one of the the policy thrust of his administration should he become a president was to ensure that no child go to school with an empty stomach.