Federal Government of Nigeria to Re-Introduce School Feeding Programme

The supervising Minister of Education, Chief Ezenwo Nyesom Wike has said that the federal government is considering the re-introduction of the HGSF and health programme as a component of the Universal Basic Education (UBE) programme to boost enrolment  and retention in public schools across the country.

The supervising minister disclosed this recently at the opening ceremony of the 12th quarterly meeting of Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) management with the executive chairmen of State Universal Basic Education Commission (SUBEB) held in Owerri, Imo State.

The minister who was represented by Dr Olu Ayewoh said the federal government will not rest on its oars as it strives to see that basic education is given the desired attention.

According to him, the transformation agenda of Mr President is intervening in the provision of basic education for the disadvantaged segment of the society, such as the almajiri, the girl-child, and the economically active children of school age who are forced out of school by poverty and lack of proper parental care.

In his own speech, the executive secretary of UBEC, Dr Dikko Suleiman said the theme of the meeting “Access and Retention in Basic Education: The Challenge of Out of School Children in Nigeria” is timely and pertinent as the federal government is investing heavily to ensure that the out-of-school syndrome is a thing of the past in Nigeria through the provision of access and equity in basic education.

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