5.5 Million School Children To Benefit From Free Meal Programme – Lai Mohammed | WakaWaka Reporters
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5.5 Million School Children To Benefit From Free Meal Programme – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Informa­tion and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has stated that the Federal Government, and not the states, will fund the A-Meal-A-Day programme launched last week.

Mohammed also said when fully op­erational, 5.5 million school children will benefit from the programme.

He made the clarification in Lagos, yester­day, at the eighth Alhaji Kafaru Tinubu Memorial Ramadan Lecture, with the theme: “Supreme sacrifice and the essence of followership in governance.”

According to him, the Federal Government was working carefully towards making life more meaningful for Nigerians through carefully designed projects, noting that a N500 billion Social Intervention Pro­gramme had been put in place to help alleviate poverty.

“This government is making a lot of sacrifices and it is also expecting a lot of sacrifices from the people. The N500 bil­lion Social Intervention Programme which is broken into five parts covers employ­ment of 500, 000 unemployed graduates who will be trained as teachers. It also cov­ers the employment of 100, 000 artisans as well as the One-Meal-A-Day programme for pupils in primary schools.

“The Enterprise Scheme which is target­ed at one million market men and women, 460, 000 artisans, 200, 000 agriculture workers is also covered in the programme. It also covers the N5,000 monthly condi­tional cash transfer to the poor and vulner­able,’’ he said.