By Olivia Joseph, For Agenda Watchdog, April 14, 2020
(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Nigeria’s Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, has disclosed that the Federal Government would continue its School Feeding Programme, despite the closure of schools nationwide, in efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19. The minister made the disclosure in Abuja during a media briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. She said the the feeding program would continue to avoid neglecting malnourished children.
The school feeding programme of the Muhammadu Buhari administration is projected to evolve into the most extensive school feeding program in Africa. The program, which seeks to partner with state governments to feed about 24 million children of school age across the 36 states of the federation, came into being in 2016 as an aspect of the administration’s more extensive Social Investment Programme.