Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday said the Federal Government would not import food to implement the school feeding aspect of its social investment programmes.
According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, the Vice-President spoke while receiving a delegation of the World Food Programme at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The delegation was led by its Executive Director, Ms. Ertharin Cousin.
Osinbajo said the Home-Grown School Feeding, through which primary school pupils would receive one full meal a day would “energise the agriculture base in the state so that the farmers can benefit.”
Ruling out the importation of foodstuff, the Vice-President noted that the programme would also create jobs, not only for farmers, but caterers, adding that the entire value-chain would be beneficial to the local communities.
He said the school feeding had already started in some states and the impact was being felt, with well-fed students, rise in school enrollment and energised agricultural economies.
He added that the Federal Government would partner with the World Food Programme, a UN agency, in the implementation of the feeding programmes.
“It will be very helpful to look at your best practices, so that we are sure we are on course,” he stated.