Vice president Prof Yemi Osinbajo has ruled out the possibility of food import to implement the planned school feeding programme.
He made the declaration while receiving a delegation of the World Food Programme WFP in his office, led by its Executive Director, Ms Ertharin Cousin.
Osinbajo said the Home-Grown School Feeding, through which primary school pupils will receive one full meal a day, will “energize the agriculture base in the state, so that the farmers can benefit.”
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 being felt, with well-fed students, and rise in school enrolment.
The vice-president noted that the Federal Government would partner with the World Food Programme, a United Nations UN agency in the implementation of the feeding programmes.
According to him “it will be very helpful to look at your best practices, so that we are sure we are on course.”
In her remarks, the leader of the delegation, Ertharin Cousin, commended the efforts of the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration in addressing the plight of IDPs in the North East.

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