The Lagos State Government said on Friday that the Federal Government’s school feeding programme is yet to take off in the state because the N70 per child a day is unrealistic in a state that has a schooling population the size of some six states in the federation.
Making this disclosure in Alausa at a media briefing to mark the third anniversary of Gov Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration was Dr Idiat Adebule, the Deputy Governor who also doubles as the Commissioner for Education.
She said: “’Let me state categorically that the number of students in Lagos State schools is about the students in five to six states put together. We just have to plan properly to ensure no student is left out”.
“The Federal Government feeding rate per student is N70, is not realistic. After thorough assessment, we realised that we will need more than N70 to provide adequate meal per student.
‘“I’m happy to announce to you that we have engaged the office in charge at the federal level as well as the State Ministries of Agriculture and Health.
“Last Tuesday, we commenced the training of environmental officers who will screen food vendors to ensure adequate hygiene and prevent any form of infection.
“The process that will kick-start the school feeding programme in the state is ongoing and we will commence soon.
‘“Lagos State is not known for shoddy programmes and we are gunning for nothing but the best.”
According to the Annual Public Schools Census, Lagos State has 1016 primary schools with 349 junior and 322 senior secondary schools. In its public primary school, the state has 480,110 pupils, while it has 337,724 and 229,980 students in its junior and senior secondary schools.