The Federal Government has signed a memorandum of understanding with NASCO Foods limited, Jos, for commercial production of high nutrient density biscuit for the national school feeding programme.
This is part of the free meal promise made during the presidential campaign of the All Progressives Congress.
Speaking at the weekend, the Director General and CEO, Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi (FIIRO), Dr. Mrs. Gloria Elemo, said the MoU was meant to provide a strategic guide for the collaboration between the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Federal Institute – of Industrial Research Oshodi and Nasco Foods Limited, Jos on commercial production of High Nutrient Density Biscuit.
The initiative was an innovation of FIIRO for the National School Feeding Programme in the spirit of the Public-Private Partnership promoted by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
She said, ‘‘This is based on the realization that an Institute- on its own cannot make the much desired impact without collaborating with relevant organizations. Collaboration with strategic partners/organizations which could commercialize the Institute’s many innovations.’’
With this collaboration, Elemo assured that jobs and wealth would be created, while the national GDP will be enhanced through the productive sector of the economy.
According to her, ‘‘It is heartwarming that the Federal government of Nigeria is conscious of the need to provide adequately for the future generation through the National School Feeding Programme.”
Elemo added that the programme will lead to increase in pupils’ enrollment in schools; boost school attendance and child nutrition; enhance retention rates; promote general improvement in cognitive abilities of children as well as catalyzing tremendous economic stimulus