FG begins feeding 3.1m pupils at home tomorrow
By our correspondent
The Federal Government said it would commence the feeding of 3.1 million school children at home from Monday, starting with those in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja, Lagos, and Kano States.
In March this year, the government shut down schools, churches, and other businesses as a measure to contain the spread of Coronavirus in the country.
The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, announced this yesterday while distributing palliatives to people with special needs, at Karamajiji community in Abuja.
According to her, the pandemic would not obstruct the feeding programme , explaining that this time the strategy would be to give food commodities to every child to enable parents to prepare for them.
She said: “By this week we are going to start off in the FCT, Lagos, Ogun and Kano States. We have done all the processes and by early next week we are going to start. The model is to give dry food ration to households where these children reside. We are reaching out to 3.2 million households.”
Speaking on the items distributed such as rice, wrappers, salt, seasoning cubes groundnut oil, and Macaroni, she appealed to them to manage as government would do more and replicate same in all the states.
She added: “They should bear with us based on what we have given to them. They should use it judiciously and also look forward to how we are going to support them. These items are going to 450 households numbering over 1800 individuals. We will make sure that all the palliatives we will take to the states are distributed to this particular group of persons.”