The Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development have said it will commence the school feeding programme on Thursday, May 14, 2020, in the FCT, Abuja.
The ministry noted that Lagos and Ogun states will commence shortly after the FCT before the other states of the federation join.
The Ministry’s Deputy Director of Information, Rhoda Iliya in a statement on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, said 3,131,971 households of pupils in primary 1 to 3 in public schools will benefit from the intervention.
The ministry explained that each household will receive uncooked food items valued at ₦4,200, as the ration has been assessed and approved by nutrition experts as sufficient for the children.
Over 6,000 schools are expected to serve as distribution centres for clusters of communities except in some states with unique security and safety issues where other structures will be used.
The ministry also stated that with vouchers which are QR coded, serialized as well as dated and time-stamped, identified households will be able to access ration from distribution centres.
The Ministry has requested states to carry out mapping exercises in order to trace the households of the children using all available data sources including the School-Based Management Boards, community focal persons, cooks on the programme and most importantly existing school registers in the LGAs where the schools are domiciled, which is the primary source of data of beneficiaries used by the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP).
As a second level of verification, the door to door voucher distribution process will be used.
It also called on well-meaning Nigerians to continue to donate to the poor and support those in need, noting that the resources available to the government are limited.