Tinubu shifts the school feeding program from Humanitarian to Education Ministry

In a significant policy shift, President Bola Tinubu has directed the transfer of the school feeding programme from the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs to the Ministry of Education.

The announcement was made by the Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, during a one-day retreat on ministerial deliverables (2023 – 2027), attended by Directors and Chief Executive Officers of all parastatals under the Ministry of Education.

Addressing the gathering, Prof. Tahir Mamman outlined the rationale behind the decision, emphasizing that it forms a crucial part of President Tinubu’s agenda to tackle the persistent challenges of out-of-school children in the country.

The president has not only transferred the school feeding programme to the Ministry of Education but has also reinstated it in Nigeria’s basic education system. This strategic move is aimed at addressing the prevailing learning crisis and the multifaceted challenges associated with the rising number of out-of-school children.

It is noteworthy that the school feeding programme had been a flagship initiative that suffered suspension during the tenure of former President Muhammadu Buhari.

Having been in operation for many years, its suspension raised concerns about the potential impact on vulnerable children who depended on the program for daily meals and incentives to stay in school.

President Tinubu’s decision to transfer the school feeding programme to the Ministry of Education aligns with his broader vision for education reform and social intervention.

By integrating the program into the educational framework, the government aims to not only provide nutritious meals to schoolchildren but also to create a conducive learning environment that addresses the root causes of the out-of-school crisis.

The move is particularly timely as the nation grapples with the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, which exacerbated pre-existing educational challenges.

The re-introduction of the school feeding programme under the Ministry of Education reflects a comprehensive approach to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on education and to ensure that no child is left behind in the pursuit of knowledge.

President Tinubu’s administration appears committed to fostering a more inclusive and accessible education system, recognizing the vital role education plays in national development.

The decision to reinstate the school feeding programme within the Ministry of Education signals a renewed dedication to addressing the educational needs of the most vulnerable members of society.

As the government takes this bold step, it is anticipated that collaborative efforts will be undertaken between the Ministry of Education and other relevant stakeholders to ensure the seamless implementation of the school feeding programme.

The success of this initiative hinges not only on efficient administration but also on sustained commitment and adequate resources to guarantee its long-term impact on the educational landscape of Nigeria.


Peter Ritdung Wakkias is a Nigerian blogger and programmer, known for being the CEO of and He holds a Higher National Diploma in Computer Science from Isa Mustapha Agwai 1 Polytechnic Lafia. Based in Lafia, Nasarawa State.

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