Federal Government launches Home-Grown School Feeding programme in Bayelsa

Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development (FMHADMSD) has partnered with Global Alliance for Nutrition, (GAIN) for effective realisation of the School Feeding Programme (SFP) in Nigeria.

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq stated this, in Abuja, while signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with GAIN.

She said approval of the policy on national home-grown school feeding programme by the Federal Executive Council and signing of an MoU on nutrition is a step towards realising the objectives of SFP in the country.

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar-Farouq has presented kitchen utensils to the Bayelsa State Government as an official launch to onboard pupils in government primary schools in the state into the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme.

The Minister represented by a Director in the Ministry, Mr. Garuba Aganawega said the programme is geared towards the nutrition and health of children and called on the government and people of Bayelsa to allay their fears concerning speculations that it will not continue due to the transition in government.

Receiving the utensils, Governor Douye Diri represented by Commissioner for Education, Mr. Gentle Emelah appreciated the Minister, stressing that the gesture will encourage enrolment in primary schools and reduce hardship on the part of parents.

Explaining that his predecessor declared a state of emergency in the educational sector, the Governor emphasized that his administration place priority on education because it is a panacea for societal development and promised to support the programme.

State Focal Person, National Social Investment Programme, Mr. Benson Emmanuel who said Bayelsans have been yearning for the Home-Grown School Feeding Programme, advised caterers that received their engagement letters to justify the confidence reposed on them.