The Federal Government says it is targeting additional 5 million primary school pupils to be enrolled into the National Home Grown School Feeding (NHGSF) programme nationwide by 2023.
The Northwest Coordinator, NHGSF, Alhaji Mansur Kuliya,stated this when he paid a courtesy call on Gov Abdullahi Ganduje at Government House Kano.
He said they were in Kano for enumeration and data capturing of pupils benefitting from the programme.
The Northwest Coordinator Explained that President Muhammad Buhari initiated the programme, which was a component of the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP).
Kuliya said that NHGSF was aimed at rising enrollment of pupils and improve their nutrition through provision of one nutrition meal.
He noted that the NHGSF targeted at primary one-to-three pupils in public schools, also supported local production of food.
“Over 9 million pupils benefitting from one free nutrition meal daily during school term nationwide”
Mansur Kuliya noted that over 100 food vendors (cooks) employed nationwide, and more than 100,000 small holders farmers were participating in it.
In his remarks, Gov. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, said Kano was the most populous state in the country.
He said that the state government had made education free and compulsory, and integrated Almajiri school system.
Ganduje revealed that in view of the above, pupils enrollment has increased significantly.
Adding that the state government would give the committee members all the necessary support to succeed in their assignment.
Earlier the commissioner of education, Muhammad Sanusi-Kiru, said the state have over One million pupils benefitting from the programme, and has 9,511 cooks.