By Joy Odigie
Benin – The National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) has been extended to more schools in Uhunmwode and Orhionmwon Local Government Councils in Edo.
The State Focal Person of the Social Investment Programme in Edo, Osayuwamen Aladeshelu, disclosed this on Friday at a forum to distribute start-up kits to new caterers for the feeding programme in Benin.
Aladeshelu said the programme would commence from Monday in over 60 schools in Uhunmwode and Orhionmwon local councils of the state.
”We have engaged over 261 caterers to feed the pupils, hoping to encourage more pupils to come back to our public schools across the state.
”From March 18, over 60 schools will become beneficiaries of the programme in Uhunmwode and Orhionmwon LGAs,’’ she said.
Aladeshelu said the programme would continue to boost the local agricultural economy as farmers in the benefitting communities would supply the products used under the initiative.
She said the caterers had undergone training on food hygiene, food handling, food portion and product management.
”We have monitoring teams that evaluate them and ensure they comply with our standards,” she said.
Dr Doris Ayanka-Imalele, the Edo Programme Manager of NHGSFP, said the scheme in the state was being supported by Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo.
Ayanka-Imalele said the support was to ensure that pupils in primary 4 to 6 were included in the programme as the Federal Government caters for those from primary 1-3.
She urged the caterers to focus on their job, adding that their posting letter indicating schools to serve would be released before Monday. (NAN)