- October 24, 2017
- Posted by: Godwin Elijah
- Category: National News
The Presidency has disclosed that 4.7 million school children in 25,771 schools drawn from 17 states across the country, including Akwa Ibom State, are now enjoying free meals under the present administration’s National Home Grown School Feeding Programme.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, who disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists, also said about one hundred and fifteen thousand persons are currently receiving 5,000 naira monthly stipend in 16 states under the Conditional Cash Transfer scheme.
According to him, three more states – Cross River, Akwa Ibom and Niger – had been added to the initial 14 states where the scheme had taken off, noting that the coming on board of the three states added one million children to the list of beneficiaries of the programme which he described as a crucial part of President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s Social Investment Programmes aimed at tackling poverty and hunger, as well as creating jobs for Nigerians.
The other 14 states already on the programme, according to the statement, are Anambra, Enugu, Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Ebonyi, Zamfara, Delta, Abia, Benue, Plateau, Bauchi, Taraba and Kaduna.
He further noted that so far, in Akwa Ibom state, 171,732 children in 1,101 schools are being fed, while in Cross River State, 117,750 children in 973 schools are being fed under the programme.