The Federal Government has paid N6,204,912,889 to 14 states as it gets close to its target of feeding three million primary school children this year under the ongoing National Homegrown School Feeding Programme.
The government in a statement released yesterday by Senior Special Assistant on media and publicity to the Acting President, Laolu Akande, said the amount was expended during the school year ending August 2017.
It said the 14 states that have been covered under the programme are Anambra, Enugu, Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Ebonyi, Zamfara, Delta, Abia, Benue, Plateau, Bauchi, Taraba and Kaduna.
According to the statement, 2,827,501 school children are currently benefiting from the programme, to achieve the Federal Government’s projection to feed over three million pupils in 2017.
A total of 33,895 cooks have been engaged in the communities where the schools are located.A breakdown of the payment shows that Anambra received N693,013,300, while 103,742 children have been fed thus far, with 1,009 cooks paid.Enugu got N571,877,400 and 108,898 children have been fed so far, with 1,276 cooks paid.
In Oyo N490,296,800 was released for the feeding of 107,983 children, with 1.372 cooks engaged.Osun received N1,000,394,888 for the feeding of 151,438 children. A total of 2,863 cooks were engaged in the state.
Similarly, Ogun got N1,042,217,400 for the feeding of 231,660 school children, while a total of 2,205 cooks were paid.For Ebonyi, N344,633,100 has been released for the feeding of 163,137 pupils so far, with a total of 1,453 cooks paid.
In the same vein, Zamfara received N402,295,600 for the feeding of 107,347 schoolchildren, while 1,127 cooks were engaged.Delta received N225,896,300 for the feeding of 141,663 pupils with a total of 1,364 cooks engaged in the state.
Abia and Benue states received a total of N128,763,600 and N337,157,800 respectively to feed a total of 61,316 and 240,827 pupils. In Abia state, 750 cooks were engaged, while 3,344 cooks were paid in Benue state.
Similarly, Plateau and Bauchi states got N133,187,600 and N214,909,101 for the feeding of a total of 95,134 and 307,013 pupils respectively. Also, 1,418 cooks have so far been engaged in Plateau State, with 3,261 in Bauchi State.
For Taraba, N120,284,500 was paid and 171,835 pupils have thus far been fed, with a total of 2,596 cooks paid.Kaduna State received N499,985,500 while 835,508 pupils have been fed so far. Also, a total of 9,857 cooks were paid under the programme in the state.More States and primary school pupils across the country are expected to benefit from the feeding programme by the time schools reopen in September for a new session.