Social Intervention Program: FG Feeds 8.7m School Children

Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed,

says the Federal Government has no fewer than 8.7 million school

children in its Home Grown School Feeding Program.

 

Speaking while fielding questions from some stakeholders,

on the status of the program at the Public Presentation of the 2018

Approved Budget of Consolidation, on Thursday in Abuja, Ahmed said that

Home Grown School Feeding Program is one of the components of the

Social Intervention Program of the Federal Government.

 

She said that the Social Investment program had a lot of teething

problems when the implementation commenced in 2016.

 

“A lot of processes has gone into the implementation of the program.

 

When we started in 2016, it was designed to reach out to five million

school children.

 

“We have reached 8.7 million children now. We have gone above the

target we set and the program is being implemented in many states.

 

Federal Government has allocated N500 billion for Social Intervention

Program in the 2018 budget.

 

The program includes Home Grown School Feeding, Government Economic

Empowerment, Nigeria-Power Job Creation and Conditional Cash

Transfers.

 

It may be recalled that the Federal Government had allocated N500

billion for the same program in the 2016 and 2017 budgets.

 

Earlier, Minister of Budget and National

Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, said that the Federal Government had earmarked N11.3 billion for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the 2018 budget.

 

Udoma said that government had also budgeted N36.4 billion for the

implementation of other SDGs projects.

 

In addition, he said that government had earmarked some funds to

implement Special Economic Zone Projects.

 

“The sum of N44.2 billion was set aside for ongoing and planned

Special Economic Zone Projects across the geopolitical zones, to drive

manufacturing/exports.

 

“Under the Export Expansion Grant, 13.28 billion was earmarked in form

of tax credit to support export via the Export Expansion Grant.

 

“For Recapitalisation of the Bank of Industry and Bank of Agriculture,

we earmarked N15 billion to support these development finance

institutions for the support of Micro, Small and Medium Scale

Enterprises,’’ he said.