Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo has said the National Home Grown School Feeding Program of the Federal government is designed to ensure that the over 11 million out-of-school children in Nigeria are enrolled in school.
He made this known during a key note address at the ongoing Feed Nigeria Summit at the Intercontinental hotel Victoria Island, Lagos.
According to the Vice President, “by feeding pupils in primary school, the program is able to reduce the rate of child labor and ensure that children come to and remain in school rather than roam the streets in search for alms to feed themselves”.
“With this, the future of these children is inadvertently secured while the spate of insecurity and other vices associated with idleness amongst teenagers and youths is curbed” he said
The vice President who was represented by the Senior Special Adviser on Social investment , office of the Vice President, Hajia Maryan Uwais noted that the level of poverty and the resultant poor nutritional as well as health status always affect the learning outcomes of the children negatively.
He however expressed confidence in the programme adding that it will enable the children have essential nutrients needed for sound health and academic excellence.
“The menu provides the children with the essential building blocks for healthy growth and a stronger immune system that enhances the wellbeing, cognitive senses and ultimate success of the child in life.” He added