About 7.6 million children in 22 states across the country were being fed daily under the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP), Vice President Yemi Osinbajo revealed on Friday.
The Vice President revealed this in Akure during an interactive session with beneficiaries of the NHGSFP and inspection of the N-Power Programme at Alagbaka Estate Primary School, Akure.
He explained that the purpose of NHGSFP was to ensure that children in public primary schools across the country would have at least one very good meal daily.
The Vice President who listed the benefits of the Programme to include enhancing the health of the pupils, encouraging agriculture in the country and create job opportunities for some people.
Osinbajo also declared that another set of 300,000 Nigerian youths were to be engaged in the N-power programme.
He explained that the new set of beneficiaries would teach in public primary schools, pointing out that 200,000 graduates were already benefiting from the programme.
He described the N-Power programme as a very compelling testimony.
“I have seen firsthand what the N-Power teachers are doing in the classroom, using tablets to teach. I was able to see it for myself and also use it in teaching the pupils.
“As you know, in the programme, each of the teachers has a tablet which contains materials for teaching and I wanted to see in particular how they used the tablets and the materials.
“I think it’s a very revolutionary thing for all these young men and women who have volunteered to participate in the programme,” he said.
The Governor of Ondo State, Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu applauded the Federal Government for the efforts in bringing both programmes to the state.
He attributed the success of the programmes in the state to the positive relationship between the state and the federal government.
“It is rather unfortunate that we are just joining. Our caterers in the NHGSFP are being paid monthly and this has improved the economy of the state.
“The food that is served the pupils which I and the vice president ate was a sumptuous meal.
“I believe we are on course. What we need to do is to ensure that we get more school pupils registered. The federal government is ready to feed them also,” he said.
Earlier, Mrs Grace Ekpemogu, the Headmistress of the primary school, commended the federal government for the programme which she said, would guarantee the pupils one good meal a day.