Nigeria Spends $100m Feeding 10m School Children – FG


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

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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.

A statement by Olajide Oshundun, Head of Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment quoted Ngige as saying, “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.

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“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 Act and the Child Rights Act.

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The minister expressed the gratitude of his ministry to the US government for the recent technical assistance of the United States Department of Labour to West Africa,  in the area of fighting violence and harassment at work under Convention 190 of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

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