The federal government has approved the upward review of the National Home-Grown School Feeding Program for schoolchildren, from N70 per meal to N100 in Delta State.
The Delta State Commissioner for Humanitarian and Community Support Services, Dr. Darlington Ijeh made the announcement on Thursday, November 17 during a press briefing.
“Upon my assumption in office three months ago, I inherited a backlog of issues on the NHGSFP that ranged from inconsistent payment to underpayment, low capturing leading to low figures for cooks, which adversely impacted our pupils and the state.
“Today, the N70 per meal for school pupils has been reviewed to N100 per meal, and other bureaucratic bottlenecks that had bedevilled the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme in the state, such as short payment of caterers and indiscriminate payment modules, became a thing of the past.”
The commissioner who noted that the school feeding program was designed to feed pupils from primary 1 to 3 in public schools, added that the aim is to encourage more school enrolment and improve the pupils’ nutritional meals.