Kaduna State Government in Nigeria has announced the beginning of free feeding of all public primary schools pupils with effect from January 17th, 2016. This was announced by the state’s Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology, Dr. Shehu Usman Adamu, while addressing newsmen in Kaduna.
According to Adamu, between 11 January and 15 January, vendors would be reconfirming their logistics and deepening their relationships with school authorities. The vendors recruited in each of the 255 wards have been organized into cooperative societies to serve free meals in every primary school in the state.
“I am delighted to inform you that the vendors that will serve meals in every primary school have been recruited, and the daily menu has been set. The vendors in each of the 255 wards have been organized into cooperative societies. School-based management committees, comprising of parents and notable community figures, have also been sensitized to support, monitor and report on the performance of the program in each of our schools.
“The Parents Teachers Associations (PTA) and the School Based Management Committees (SBMC) of each primary school will also meet their respective vendors to jointly review the procedures and modalities for effective service delivery.
“The program 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.”
A total of 1.5m primary education school children are expected to be fed daily in 4000 public schools across the state. The program is part of the free education project initiated to expand access to education in the state and also provide some direct 17,000 jobs to citizens as caterers including many more indirect opportunities. Enrolment had since risen 64% into public schools as the program was announced. The Nigeria Federal Government would reimburse the northwestern state of Kaduna 60% of the program cost in due course.