On Monday, President Bola Tinubu said that N100 billion will be allocated for school food programs in the 2024 budget.
He said this at the State House in Abuja when the 2024 appropriations bill was signed into law.
According to Tinubu, the measure will act as a catalyst to promote school attendance and lessen the issue of out-of-school youth.
“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 said.
The budget, dubbed “Renewed Hope,” is based on cutting recurrent expenses while raising capital expenditures, the president further affirmed.
Tinubu ordered earlier in December to move the school feeding program from the Humanitarian Ministry to the Education Ministry and to reintroduce it.
The program, which was stopped under former President Muhammadu Buhari, will now be overseen by the Education Ministry and will serve the dual purposes of enhancing learning and providing students with wholesome meals.