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45,000 schools benefit from the free school feeding programme across Nigeria, says Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari says over 8.2 million school children benefit daily from the free school feeding programme initiated by his administration.
The President, in a statement to mark the 2018 children’s day, said the about in 45,000 schools have so far been captured under the programme in 24 out of the 36 states of the Federation.
He said this was a demonstration of his administration’s commitment to the welfare and development of Nigerian children and to guarantee a brighter future for the country.
Buhari recalled his experience with three children, which he said made a profound impression on him.
“When I was on medical vacation in 2017, three-year-old Maya Jammal recorded a prayer for my recovery, which went viral online,” he stated.
“Also, 10-year-old Aisha Aliyu Gebbi wrote a personal letter to me, describing herself as my “biggest fan”.
“Nicole Benson, then 12 years old, had contributed the sum of five thousand, seven hundred naira and eighty-five kobo (N5,700.85) to my campaign in 2015. The money was all saved up from her lunch and pocket allowance. There are millions of such children nationwide.
“I am very impressed by what our children have been able to do, and what the future holds for them.
“That is one reason why we are committed to the school feeding programme, to prepare a future generation of physically and intellectually robust children.
“At the last count, over 8.2 million children in 24 states of the Federation are being given free meals daily. This happens in 45,000 schools around the country.”
Buhari called on other stakeholders to support the free school feeding programme in order to ensure that all the 36 States of the Federation and FCT are covered. “This will promote substantially higher enrolment levels in our schools,” he said.
The President also encouraged parents to send their children to school, especially the female ones, as education prevents early and child marriages, reduces infant and maternal mortality and also increases literacy and reduces poverty.
On the part of government, Buhari promised that his administration will ensure “the safety of our children in homes, schools, markets, worship centres, on the streets and everywhere at all times.”