In a bid to fulfill their campaign promise to provide free school feeding, the Federal Government, today, signed a memorandum of understanding with NASCO Foods Limited, Jos, for the production of High Nutrient Density biscuits in support of the National School Feeding Programme.
The partnership was spearheaded by the Federal Institute of Industrial Research (FIIRO) in line the Public-private partnership of the government.
Speaking on behalf of the government, Mrs. Gloria Elemo, the Director General of FIIRO said: ‘‘The partnership 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, jobs and wealth would be created, while the national GDP will be enhanced through the productive sector of the economy adding that technology is the way to go for Nigeria to diversify her economy, most especially at this juncture of our national history when the nation is giving serious attention to utilization of indigenous technologies and the instrument of science and technology as a potent strategy to diversify the economy to provide alternative revenue sources.”
Elemo concluded that the National School Feeding Programme was an idea borne out of the necessity to address the increasing food insecurity which had become a major concern especially for children between the ages 5 and 13 who are mainly primary school children.