Kaduna state Governor Nasir El-Rufai has flagged off the School Feeding Programme at LGEA Primary School, Aliyu Makama Barnawa, Kaduna state this morning. The governor and his aides were pictured eating in the presence of pupils as the program was launched. The school feeding programme will benefit over 1.8 million children in the State, according to Kaduna government.
Recall that during the weekend, the Kaduna State government had announced that the free feeding for all public primary school pupils in the state will commence from January 17, 2016.
Mallam Shehu Usman Adamu, Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology, who disclosed this, revealed that the program was designed to boost the economy at the grassroots by involving people at the community level as the vendors in order to expand the market for farmers.
He said arrangements were in top gear to fine tune the readiness of food vendors and schools to facilitate effective delivery of the free feeding programme when the schools resumed.
Adamu added that between January 11 and 15, vendors that would take part in the programme would meet with the school authorities for their logistics.
“The past few months have been a busy time for the Kaduna State Ministry of Education”.
“As you are aware, the 2016 budget makes ample provision for this government’s School Feeding Programme. This intervention in improving the nutrition of our young pupils commences this term; from the very first day that school resumes,” he said.
Therefore the school feeding Programme will be formally launched when pupils in government-owned primary schools in Kaduna State resume on Monday, 18 January 2016. This will afford the primary school pupils 11 weeks of tuition, with no loss of academic time.
However, secondary schools across the state will resume as scheduled.
“I am delighted to inform you that the vendors that will serve meals in every primary school have been recruited, and the daily menu has been set. The vendors in each of the 255 wards have been organised into cooperative societies.
“School-based management committees, comprising of parents and notable community figures, have also been sensitized to support, monitor and report on the performance of the programme in each of our schools.