THE Kaduna State government will on Monday, January 18, begin the free feeding for all public primary school pupils in the state. Shehu Usman Adamu, commissioner for education, science and technology in the state, who disclosed this in a press statement, revealed that the programme was designed to boost the economy at the grassroots by involving people at the community levels as the vendors in order to expand the market for farmers.
Adamu said the 2016 budget of the state made provision for the government school feeding programme. He noted that the intervention was designed to improve the nutrition of the pupils starting from the very first day the school resumes.
“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. Academic activities in secondary schools will commence on Monday, 11 January 2016, while boarders are expected to return to school by 10 January 2016.”
According to the commissioner, the vendors that will serve meals in every primary school have been recruited, and the daily menu has been set. The vendors, he said in each of the 255 wards had been organised into cooperative societies. “School-based management committees, comprising of parents and notable community figures, have also been sensitised to support, monitor and report on the performance of the programme in each of our schools. The PTAs and the SBMCs of each primary school will also meet their respective vendors to jointly review the procedures and modalities for effective service delivery.”
He promised that the state government would monitor the programme strictly to ensure that any bottlenecks that emerged in the initial stages were resolved. “No one should doubt our resolve to deliver this promise to our pupils and their parents. The programme is designed to boost the economy at the grassroots by involving people at the community level as the vendors. It will also expand the market for our farmers, even as it brings more of our people into the formal economy,” Adamu said.
— Jan 11, 2016 @ 15:40 GMT