The Federal Government invests over N12 billion monthly on the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programmes, MHADMSD.
Ministry National Coordinator for Social Investment Dr. Umar Bindir revealed this on Monday.
Mr Bindir said this in Abuja at a two-day stakeholder workshop on NHGSFP policy development.
He emphasised the necessity for a national policy on school meals to ensure sustainability.
He claims the school feeding plan is extraordinarily costly, feeding nearly 10 million students at N100 every meal, as authorised by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said the programme was part of the NSIP’s intentional strategy to institutionalise clusters.
With the help of the World Food Programme (WFP), we are developing an inclusive policy for the National Home-Grown School Feeding Program (NHGSFP).
To make it sustainable, quantifiable, and impactful as ordered by Mr. President.
“We are now feeding 10 million youngsters and expect that figure to rise to 12 million in the coming weeks or months.
It is vital to continue the programme because of its positive influence on drawing children to school, guaranteeing their health and ensuring that the poor and vulnerable children stay in school longer.
He stated that the workshop’s goal was to bring important stakeholders together to establish and agree on essential components of a national school nutrition strategy.
Mr Do-Hwan stated that the policy making process will assist the NHGSFP when it was adopted across the country.
He said that the policy will support the NHGSFP’s success and sustainability.
“It will serve as a guide for national and sub-national stakeholders in perpetuity, regardless of political regimes.
“The NHGSFP is a major road for the Nigerian government to fulfil one of its own goals towards the SDG 2 on zero hunger.
“It aspires to eradicate hunger, increase nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.”
So he pledged UNWFP’s assistance for SDG 2 in the nation through effective collaborations, information exchange, and capacity building.
Another participant, Dr Onallo Akpa, Director–General, Poultry Association of Nigeria, stated that the program’s goal was to provide nutritional meals for the kids.
As a result, Mr Akpa added, the school food programme must be sustainable.
“We are here to discuss how to build a national framework for school nutrition.
In order to meet the school feeding program’s demand for eggs, poultry managers must mobilise their members.