By Chidimma C. Okeke
The Federal Government has expended N250 billion on school feeding programme, conditional cash transfer, N-Power and Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP) since the inception of its Social Investment Programme in 2016.
The Special Adviser to the President on Social Investment Programmes, Maryam Uwais, disclosed this yesterday in Abuja.
She said the federal government is now feeding over 9,300,892 children in 49,837 government schools in 26 States.
Uwais said the Home Grown Feeding Programme currently going on in public schools requires 6.8million eggs, 594 cattle and 83 metric tons of fish to be supplied to the cooks for the feeding of the children weekly.
She further said there is also a boost in the production and supply of rice, wheat, soya beans, orange -flesh potatoes, fruit and vegetable farmers.
She said the programme is also aimed at empowering communities has seen to the engagement of 96, 972 cooks with over a 100,000 small scale farmers being part of the value chain supplying the locally sourced ingredients.