The Lagos State Government on Wednesday said it had fed no fewer than 11,965 pupils in primary schools across the state in the last one year.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Civic Engagement, Aderemi Adebowale, stated this at a ministerial press briefing in commemoration of the first year of the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration.
Adebowale said the pupils, drawn from creche and primary four to six, were fed under the ‘Snacks for Thought’ pilot scheme of the state government.
She said the scheme was to complement the Home Grown School Feeding Programme of the Federal Government which covered only pupils in primary one to three.
“It is instructive to state that the pilot scheme was held in the Lagos Island Local Government Area where 33 public primary schools, with a total of 11,965 pupils participated in the one week pilot school feeding exercise,” she added.
Adebowale said the importance of the initiative could not be over-emphasised, as the snacks and juice energised pupils for improved memory, better school attendance and improved academic performance.
The special adviser noted that her office would also continue to work hard to ensure peaceful coexistence among the people of Lagos through meaningful engagement and amicable resolution of issues.