Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has stated that pupils of public schools are being fed by the Federal Government with 594 cattle, 138,000 chickens, 6.8million eggs and 83 metric tons of fish every week.
Osinbajo made this known yesterday, April 1 while delivering a lecture titled ‘Nigeria Rising: The Path to Prosperity’ at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) 50th convocation.
“As you can imagine, the quantity of starch and vegetables required for this programme on a weekly basis is equally impressive. Dietary energy and nutrients with established links to cognition-carbohydrates, protein, fat, iron and iodine as well as minerals with public health importance – are targeted by the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSF).
“The programme aims to provide 50% of the recommended nutrient intake targets for protein and prioritized micro-nutrients including iron, iodine, zinc, vitamin A, folate and vitamin C and 30% of energy because of the high burden of under-nutrition and micro-nutrient deficiencies in Nigeria.
“There is also a de-worming programme attached to the school feeding programme.”