The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has disclosed that the Federal Government spends N1.5 billion monthly on school feeding programme in the state, adding that the state has the highest population in the country and also the highest number of public schools.
He said that his administration operates a free and compulsory education system, while Almajiri education has also been integrated into the basic education system.
Ganduje said that the school feeding programme and free education had led to an increment in enrolment of pupils across the state and that his administration would stop at nothing in ensuring the development of education sectors and take children off the streets.
Ganduje stated this yesterday while playing host to the technical committee on the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSF) who visited him in his office in Kano.
According to him, in view of the above, pupils enrollment keep increasing more than in any other state of the federation and when education is made free and compulsory, the number of pupils will definitely increase, even if you cannot afford it because it is made compulsory.
Speaking earlier, the state Commissioner of Education, Muhammad Sanusi-Kiru, said that the state currently has 1.2 million pupils benefitting from the school feeding programme, and appealed for validation of data of the beneficiaries to over two million, saying that pupils enrollment keep increasing across the state.
The commissioner said that the state has a total of 12,258 food vendors, who are also beneficiaries of the programme. According to him, each cook receives N82,000 every 16 days to prepare food for the pupils in primaries one to three in the state.
The Northwest Coordinator of NHGSF, Mansur Kuliya, said that the team was in Kano for enumeration and data capturing of pupils benefitting from the programme.
“We are in Kano to bring more Nigerians under the umbrella of the government social protection mechanism by scaling up the number of pupils benefitting from the programme. Currently, over nine million pupils are benefitting from one free nutrition meal daily during school term nationwide. And now, we have the mandate to register additional five million pupils by 2023,” he said.