As the Federal Government’s National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) kicks off in two local government areas in Edo State, Governor Godwin Obaseki has added an upgrade to the scheme to ensure that more pupils per school are provided with food to keep them in school.
The governor ensured this by mandating that instead of just pupils in primary 1 to 3 benefiting from the scheme, those in higher classes, from primary 4 to 6 are also included, to ensure that everyone in the schools participating in the programme is provided with food.
Edo State Programme Manager, NHGSFP, Dr. Mrs. Doris Ayanka-Imalele, disclosed this during a workshop for caterers under the scheme in the state.
She thanked the governor for his support for the programme and the commitment to ensure that more children are catered for in schools.
According to her, “Governor Godwin Obaseki supported the scheme by ensuring that pupils in primary 4 to 6 are included in the programme, as against that of the Federal Government which takes care of only those from primary 1-3.”
She encouraged the caterers to focus on their job, as a posting letter will be released, indicating which schools they have been assigned.
State Focal Person of the Social Investment Programme in Edo State, Ms. Osayuwamen Aladeshelu, said over 60 schools will benefit from the NHGSFP in Uhunmwode and Orhionmwon local councils, adding that over 261 caterers have been engaged and will earn daily income from the programme.
“We have engaged over 261 caterers to feed the pupils, hoping to encourage more pupils to come back to our public schools across the state. From Monday, over 60 schools will become beneficiaries of the programme in Uhunmwode and Orhionmwon local government areas, she added.