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
“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