The President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has disclosed that the 2024 budget includes N100 billion allocation for the school feeding programmes.
Tinubu made this statement during the signing of the 2024 appropriation bill into law in the State House in Abuja on Monday, January 1, 2023.
According to the President, the provision will serve as a stimulant to encourage attendance in schools and reduce the problem of out-of-school children.
He said, “One of the priority areas of the bill we just passed is the N100 billion provision for the feeding of school children. I believe that is a stimulant that will encourage school enrolment and also address malnutrition among school children.
“I will be meeting with local government at sub-national levels so that we can collaborate and jointly implement an all-inclusive programme”.
The President also confirmed that the budget, christened “Renewed Hope” is anchored on reducing the recurrent expenditure, but increasing capital expenditure.
Recall that earlier in December, Tinubu ordered the reintroduction of the school feeding programme and mandated its transfer from the Humanitarian Ministry to the Education Ministry.
The initiative, which was paused during the tenure of former President Muhammadu Buhari, will now be overseen by the Ministry of Education.