By Usman Usman Garba
Kano State Government, through the Ministry of Education, feeds over one million primary school pupils daily across the state.
The Commissioner of Education, Sunusi Sa’idu Kiru, revealed this on Tuesday, at the Kano Government House, when he led a delegation from the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.
“Kano being the most populous state in the federation, we are the biggest beneficiary in Nigeria.
“According to 2017, 2018, and 2019 census, Kano has over 2 million children from primary one to three. That is why we appealed for the validation of these data so that we will be the highest beneficiary of the programme,” Kiru said.
The delegation was in Kano to conduct the enumeration of primary school children from primary one to three they are feeding.
Dr. Kiru also stated that more than nine thousand cooks are also benefiting from the programme.
“Now the state has 1,225,084 pupils enjoying currently while 9511 cooks, indigenes of Kano are benefiting from the programme, and in every 30 days, the ministry spends not less than 1.5 billion in Kano,” Kiru said.
In his speech, the governor explained that the best way to make the system sustainable was to check the figures from time to time because the children are always increasing due to the policy of free and compulsory education in the state.
He also highlighted that due to the socio-economic problem in the country, people return to public schools due to the cost of fees.
In his address, the Northwest Zonal Coordinator, Alhaji Mansur Kuliya, said the school feeding programme was designed in multifaceted interventions to derive school enrollment up with nutrition of the pupils, support local production of food and the provision of one nutritious meal to all pupils in primary schools in class one to three. He added that over nine million pupils benefit from the nutrition meal a day during school time nationwide and now the target is to reach five million by 2023