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Zamfara school feeding programme raises students enrolment

12 December 2014, 13:03

Gusau - Zamfara Government on Friday said its Secondary School Feeding Programme has helped to rapidly raise the enrolment of students.

Alhaji Atiku Maradun, the Executive Chairman of the programme, disclosed this in Gusau in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Maradun said hitherto, enrolment into secondary schools was ``very low'', adding that the programme had also facilitated the enrolment of thousands of orphans and less-privilege children into schools.

The Chairman explained that the programme was conceived to improve access to secondary school education, adding that so far, it had recorded huge success.

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According to him, the state government is spending N400 million monthly on the feeding of students in 192 secondary schools, across the 14 local government area of the state.

He said the programme had taken away the burden of providing breakfast from the parents, and encouraged students to concentrate on their studies.

Maradun furrther said that, apart from food, the board is also providing toiletries and fruits to students in boarding schools twice a week for male and three times a week for female students.

The chairman called on parents, school principals and officers running the programme to continue supporting the government to sustain the successes recorded.

He advised the students to use the opportunity to face their studies with all seriousness.



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