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

by Haruna Gimba

By Asmau Ahmad

The Federal Government said it spent about 100 million US dollars in feeding 10 million Nigerian children under the National School Feeding Programme.

This was part of efforts to eliminate the scourge of child labour in the country.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngigesaid this when he received the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Leornard and officials of the Department of State, on a courtesy visit on Friday in Abuja.

This is contained in a statement issued by Olajide Oshundun, Head of Press and Public Relations in the ministry.

Ngige said that the Nigerian government had introduced the school feeding programme under its social security programme, to lure children engaged in child labour, back to school.

He said the Federal Government also introduced social protection programmes to fight poverty, which is the major contributory factor to the prevalence of child labour in Nigeria.

According to him, “we have introduced the National school feeding programme under our social security, to lure children back to school.

“As of today, we are feeding 10 million children across the country. We have spent nearly $10 million on this. 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. This is so that they will not feel that they have any disability. If you don’t support someone with disability, it is outright poverty,” he said.

Earlier, Leornard said the US Government was worried to see that Nigerian children were subjected to the worst forms of child labour in quarries, granite and other mining sites.

She 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.

The Envoy said, “the US government was pleased to see a new programme in Nigeria that provides seed capital to vulnerable people to pursue programmes in areas with high prevalence of child labour.”

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