By ABUBAKAR AHMADU MAISHANU, Dutse
The Federal Government’s social intervention programme on feeding in public schools at basic level has kick started in Jigawa State.
The flagging-off of the exercise commenced Wednesday at the Nuhu Muhammad Sunusi Primary and Junior Secondary School Dutse by the state Deputy Governor, Barrister Ibrahim Hassan Hadejia.
He said, the programme is targeted at improvement on attendance and impact on the health of the children because food is a nutritional balance meal which would improve the brain performance of the kids.
Barrister Ibrahim further stated that, the programme targets to feed 7,026 students daily and 7,921 women are engaged in the project, so also, all the food stuffs and grains would be purchased at local level in the state with a weekly expenditure of N146million and half a billion for monthly expenditure, which would directly boost the local economy.
The deputy governor further explained that, the federal government is committed to feeding pupils from primary one to three, while Jigawa State government came in to compliment the efforts by feeding primary four to six, which makes all orimary school students to benefit from the gesture.
Hassan Hadejia also commended the transparency of the project, as funds appropriated for the programme go directly to the bank account of the women that are saddled with the responsibility of the cooking without third parties.
In her remarks, the state Commissioner for Education, Hajiya Rabi Ishaq said that the programme would also impact positively on the life of the women as more of them will have access to resources and reduce the poverty level in the state.