Sadiya Umar Farouk, minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, has disclosed that about 337,589 persons would benefit from the modified school feeding programme in Lagos state.
At the flag-off of the programme in Lagos on Thursday, the minister who was duly represented by Margaret Ukegbu, director, national commission for refugees, migrants and IDP’s, said parents, guardians and caregivers of primary school children are the ones to benefit from the programme.
“The special homegrown feeding intervention will impact 337,589 beneficiaries made up of parents, guardians and caregivers of primary schoolchildren in participating schools,” she said.
“The identified and selected households will each receive 5kg bag of rice, 5kg bag of beans, vegetable and palm oil, salt, tomato paste and 15 pieces of eggs.
“These rations have been revealed by a nutrition expert to ascertain the nutritional value and benefits to the children.”
Lagos commissioner for education, Folashade Adefisayo, publicised that the modified school feeding programme was a continuation of the already existing homegrown feeding programme of the state government.
Adjusting to COVID-19 pandemic, the government modified the feeding programme — which was earlier conducted in schools across the country — to reach pupils through their parents while staying at home.
The minister had commenced the exercise in Abuja last week.