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School feeding: FG to enrol five million pupils by 2023 – Minister

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Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouq, has disclosed that the Federal Government will enrol about five million pupils into the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) by 2023.

Umar-Farouq made the disclosure during a stakeholder meeting for the enumeration of beneficiaries and scaling up of the NHGSFP in Zamfara.

This was contained in a statement by Mrs Halima Oyelade, Special Assistant on Corporate Communications to the Minister, on Friday in Abuja.

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“Over nine million pupils are benefitting from one free nutritious meal a day during school term nationwide.

“Now, we have the mandate to reach an additional five million pupils by 2023.“With over 100,000 cooks employed and more than 100,000 smallholder farmers participating in this value chain, the NHGSFP is a serious potential for socio-economic development and it needs to be strengthened, scaled up and sustained nationwide.

“I am pleased that the Zamfara and Federal NHGSFP teams, as well as key stakeholders, are working jointly and closely to verify existing numbers of beneficiaries on the programme and update the records for better effectiveness, transparency, and accountability.

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