Presidency partners AUDA- NEPAD on school feeding program, rallies state govts

The presidency has canvassed the support of the 36 states government towards the implementation of the school feeding programme.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on School feeding program, Dr. Yetunde Adeniji, also called on states governments to key into the programme as part of ongoing effort to reposition the educational sector of the country.

Adeniji spoke Thursday at the start of a 2-day training workshop for the domestication of the AUDA-NEPAD continental school feeding guidelines for Nigerian state officials themed: “Encouraging state -driven implementation and best practices for school feeding towards local Agricultural value chain, community engagement and economic development.”

Adeniji explained that participants at the parley will deliberate, synergies and explore the best way forward on the implementation of the school feeding programme in the country.

She described the focal persons as not only the backbone of the initiative in each state, but the liaisons between the state government, schools, and communities in ensuring effective program implementation, fostering collaboration and addressing challenges that may arise.

“We need to champion feeding children especially from the states. Some states are feeding while some are not. The best people to drive this initiative are the programme managers and the state focal persons that are within the state. 

“They are in the best position to champion this initiative with their principals to ensure that principals to get on board of the school feeding programme. That’s the reason why we are here.

“So that is the reason why we are here today to sit down with the state drivers to ensure that this feeding programme within the state come to fruition

“Our expectations is for us to chart a course for these programs manager and focal officers to go back to their states, convince their principals to as a metter of urgency start to feed children. 

“The relationship for the programme is between the federal government and the state government. It’s a synergy. One person cannot do it alone. That is why we are here. We are here to synergies and come to terms with how to move forward.

“Our President reintroduced the school feeding program to the nation because of his love and commitment to the Nigerian child. He is passionate about our children, their education and general wellbeing. And that is why he’s committed to ensuring no stone is left unturned.

“This program is not simply about providing meals. It’s about nurturing the minds of tomorrow’s leaders. Studies consistently show that proper nutrition in children leads to increased cognitive function, improved attendance, and better academic performance. By ensuring our children are well-nourished, we are investing in a brighter future for all.”

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