5.5 million pupils to get free food soon – FG

The Federal Government says in the next three months , at least 5 . 5 million pupils will be covered by the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme .
It added that so far , 2 ,918 , 842 schoolchildren from 19 , 881 schools in the 14 pilot states of the federation had benefitted from the school feeding programme , which is part of President Muhammadu Buhari administration ’ s N 500 bn Social Investment Programmes .
The Vice - President ’ s spokesman , Laolu Akande , said in a statement that a total of N 6 , 643 , 432, 789bn had been disbursed by the Federal Government since the school feeding programme started late last year .
He said with 3 , 325 schools , Kaduna State had the highest number of schools so far covered under the programme , as well as the highest number of schoolchildren (835 , 508 ) who had been fed .
The statement added , “It (Kaduna ) is closely followed by Benue State where 2, 220 schools have been covered and 240, 827 schoolchildren have been fed . Zamfara State also recorded a high number , with 1 , 952 schools covered and 198 , 788 pupils fed under the programme .
“ Similarly, Bauchi State recorded impressive figures with 1 , 904 schools already covered, while 307 , 013 schoolchildren in the state have so far benefitted from the programme .
“ Also , a total of 1 ,850 schools have been covered and 151 , 438 pupils have been fed in Osun State . ”
He said 1 , 479 schools had been covered and 171, 835 pupils fed so far in Taraba State ; while a total of 1 , 403 schools had been covered in Oyo State , where 107 , 983 pupils have been fed .
Akade added , “ In Anambra State , 807 schools have been covered and 103 , 742 schoolchildren have been fed so far , while in Enugu State , 108, 898 pupils in 622 schools have been fed .
“ In Ebonyi State , the school feeding programme has so far covered 1 , 050 schools and 163 , 137 schoolchildren have been fed . ”
The statement added , “In Ogun State , 903 schools have so far been covered with 231 , 660 pupils fed . Also , a total of 95 , 134 schoolchildren in 882 schools have been fed in Plateau State .
“ Delta and Abia states recorded 742 schools each , with 141 , 663 and 61 , 316 schoolchildren fed respectively. ”
He said with the commencement of a new academic session in September , it was expected that more schools would benefit from the programme , as more states would be added to the list , in line with the Federal Government ’ s target that “5 . 5 million schoolchildren would be fed by the end of 2017 .