FG spends $100m in feeding 10m pupils – Ngige


The Federal Government has said it has spent about $100 million in feeding 10 million pupils under the National School Feeding Programme.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said this when he received the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Leornard and officials of the Department of State, on a courtesy visit on  Friday in Abuja and contained in a statement issued by the Head of Press and Public Relations in the ministry, Olajide Oshundun.

Ngige said that the Nigerian government had introduced the school feeding programme under its social security programme as part of efforts to eliminate the scourge of child labour in the country.

According to him, “We have also taken more schools into the areas prone to child labour and made education free in the whole country through the Universal Basic Education and the Child Rights Acts.

“For the people with disability, we introduced Disability Peoples Commission, to give them full and comprehensive aid”, he said.

The minister, however, commended the U.S. Government for the recent technical assistance of the Department of Labour to West Africa.

“Over the years, from the time we visited for African Growth and Opportunities conference under the Department of Labour and Trade in Washington in 2017, we had made it clear that the US Government has to take practical steps for us to follow,” he said.

On her part, the U.S. Ambassador assured that her country would continue to work with the Nigerian Government in addressing the scourge and appealed to the remaining seven states yet to domesticate the Child Rights Act to do so without further delay.

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