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9.8m children benefitting from school feeding in Nigeria - ITREALMS

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The total number of children enrolled in the national home-grown school feeding programme in Nigeria now stood at 9,881,773 million across some 53,000 schools, reports 
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Hon. Sadiya Farouq
The Nigeria’s National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme, 
ITREALMS gathered is a government-led cost-effective school feeding programme that uses locally grown farm produce to feed pupils.
Speaking at the commemoration of the 7th African Day of School Feeding in collaboration with AUDA-NEPAD in Abuja on Tuesday, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development of Nigeria, Hon. Sadiya Umar Farouq made this disclosure.

“Currently, the total number of children enrolled in the national home-grown school feeding programme in Nigeria stands at 9,881,773 million, in over 53,000 schools,” he said.

Also, Hon. Farouq recognised the timeliness and key role to be played by the continental AUDA-NEPAD Guidelines for the Design and Implementation of Home-Grown School Feeding, that were launched earlier in the day by NEPAD CEO, Dr Ibraham Mayaki.

“I commend AUDA-NEPAD for the development and successful launch of the AUDA-NEPAD Guidelines for Design and Implementation of Home-Grown School Feeding in Africa. The guidelines accurately outline good practices that are socio-culturally relevant, with a corresponding substantial value addition for the programme,” the Minister stated.

Princess Gloria Akobundu, National Coordinator and CEO of NEPAD Nigeria informed participants at the commemoration that Nigeria has done well in humanitarian social investment. “Stronger collaboration will give us greater results and NEPAD Nigeria, as well as AUDA-NEPAD at continental level will continue to provide technical assistance as needed,” she said.

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