Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has called for greater cooperation among the three tiers of Government, in Nigeria to ensure the successful implementation of the National Home Grown School feeding programme.
Speaking on Thursday while presenting the strategic plan for programme at a stakeholders forum on sustainable implementation of the free school feeding initiative in Abuja, Professor Osinbajo said better results will be achieved if the Federal, State and Local Governments work together on the project which targets over twenty million pupils in all primary schools across the country.
The Vice President who listed the benefits of the Free School feeding programme to include Improvement in Child nutrition and Enrollment in School as well as Job creation and drastic reduction in dropout rates in primary school, Says the Federal Government will co-Fund and provide technical assistance for the smooth take off of programme.
Funding for the free School Feeding scheme according to the vice president, is already captured under the five hundred billion naira social Investment programme in the 2016 Budget.
The School Feeding initiative which is part of the APC campaign promise to Nigerians, is expected to create about one point one four million jobs, attract nine hundred and eighty billion Naira investment and increase food production by five hundred and eighty thousand metric tonnes per annum.
Governors of Osun and Kaduna States where the Free School Feeding programme has since taken off were on hand to share their experiences with the Federal Government.