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Kaduna launches school feeding scheme

18 January 2016, 20:34

Abuja - More than 1 million pupils in the Kaduna State are set to benefit from a free feeding programme the state government has launched for primary school children.

Governor Malam Nasir El-Rufai has launched the scheme at the Aliyu Makama Road Primary School in Kaduna City.

“Today is a special day in the unfolding of the change agenda the All Progressives Congress was elected to implement. I am moved by the responsibility to implement the school feeding programme for primary school pupils,” he said.

He said it marked the beginning of a different phase of the Kaduna State Government’s project to expand access to education.

“We launch the programme today as a direct intervention in the health of our children, situating our schools as places to promote education and nutrition. Every school day from today, the Kaduna State Government will be providing a meal for 1,5 million pupils” El-Rufai said.

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The governor said the programme will save parents break-time money and empower the women within the community who have been selected as the catering vendors.

“We are conscious that it would save parents break-time money, empower the women within the community who have been selected as the catering vendors and expand the market for farm products.”

He said in fact, the school feeding programme was directly creating 17 000 jobs for catering vendors, each of whom will need to employ workers to help them deliver.

The governor added that the school feeding was a separate plank of the state government initiative to expand access to education and ensure every child could nine years of free, decent basic education, no matter the income level of their parents.



- CAJ News

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