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We Spent N4bn Feeding Over 25,000 Pupils- Kaduna Govt

The Kaduna State government said about N4bn has been spent in its school feeding programme which has benefitted about 25,000 school pupils spread across the 23 local councils of the state.

This was disclosed by the Special Assistant to Governor Uba Sani on the school feeding programme, Dr. Fauziya Buhari-Ado, in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Thursday.

Buhari-Ado in the statement, also promised that Almajiri children in the state would be given qualitative educational opportunities.

Buhari-Ado spoke while hosting some Islamic and underprivileged school pupils as part of the Eid el-Kabir Sallah celebration at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Bilingual Primary School situated in Maraban Gonda, Sabongari local council of Kaduna State.

She noted that the school feeding has boosted school enrolment and retention as well as stimulated the local economy in the state.

She explained that the government decided to fete the pupils who combine both Western and Islamic education as part of an ongoing effort to ensure that children of the less privileged have access to quality education in the state.

She also revealed that the event, which witnessed the slaughtering of the sacrificial ram, special Eid lunch, cutting of cake and distribution of free gifts, provided her the opportunity to interact with the pupils who were initially out-of-school children in the state.

Speaking on the school feeding, an official of one of the Islamic schools, AbdulHamid Ahmed described the initiative as a welcome development since it has created the enabling environment for vulnerable children to have equal opportunities to acquire education in the state.

He noted that the school feeding programme has impacted positively in a tremendous way by increasing school enrolment in his school.

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