Lagos State government on Monday said it will cost N11 billon to feed all primary and secondary schools to be captured in its Snacks for Thought Feeding programme.
Special Adviser in the office of Civic Engagement, Princess Aderemi Adebowale made this know at the ministerial press briefing to commemorate the second year anniversary of the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration.
Snacks for Thought is a programme to complement the home grown school feeding programme of the Federal Government that covers only pupils in primary 1-3.
The new feeding Programme, when it finally takes off, is expected to take care of the pupils at the crèche and primary 4-6 level so as to ensure that all pupils partake in the school feeding programme in the state.
Princess Adebowale said: “We are going to partner on this. We already have volunteers that would work with us, over 400 volunteers are to partake.
“Multiple Indices Indicators published by UNICEF in 2018 says an estimated 229,264 pupils are out of school in Lagos State. In order to curb this rising numbers, we need more than statutory allocations.
“Interventions such as these will not only increase the rate of enrollment but will impact positively on gender parity and equality while also serving as a preventive security measure in reducing crime and hooliganism that may later on disrupt the socio-economic life of the State.
“It is also a preparedness preventive security programme that is far more than snacks-giving.
“It is an investment of the administration of Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu in the common future and stability of Lagos State and an important step in building a thriving 21st century Lagos, where her citizens are not only safe but productive and also understand their Civic Rights and Responsibilities.”