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Published On: Wed, Nov 22nd, 2017

Niger begins school feeding, targets 800,000 pupils

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From, Yakubu Mustapha, Minna.

The Niger state government has commenced the implementation of the federal government’s National Home Grown School Feeding Programme, with a target of about eight hundred thousand primary school pupils expected as beneficiaries.
The first tranche of the programme is to run for the next two weeks, with a total number of 2,411 schools across the twenty-five local government areas of the state.
The Director-General, Social Investment Programme of the Presidency in Niger State, Hon. Afiniki Dauda, who monitored the implementation of the programme alongside her team, said the programme is benchmarked on a budgetary provision of N70 per child for each meal.
“It is N70 budgetary provision per child. But, Niger State government has also made provision to argument the effort of the Federal government. We are happy that Nigerians State is among the seventeen states in Nigeria that have been selected to benefit from this programme.
Hon. Afiniki said the programme is in fulfillment of the promise made by the APC government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari and his vice Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

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