Over 490 primary school pupils in Jigawa state have so far received feeding utensils from the federal government through home-grown school feeding program.
The Minister of humanitarian affairs and disaster management Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk stated this at the handing over of the feeding utensils to Jigawa state Government for beneficiaries held at Nuhu Muhammadu Sunusi primary school, Dutse.
Hajiya Sadiya Farouk who was represented by the permanent secretary of the ministry, Alhaji Bashir Alkali explained that apart from the recent utensils, the federal government also provided over 400,000 feeding utensils for the use of primary school pupils across 27 local government in the state.
According to her, the home-grown school feeding program was aimed at boosting the school enrollment, child nutrition, local economic activities across thousands communities in the country.
Hajiya Sadiya pointed out that, the program will also provide job to over 5,267 women whom will serve as cooks across 27 local government in the state.
The Minister said, about 2,180 schools benefitted with utensils that consist of plates, cutlery, cooking pots, biscuits and juice in Jigawa.
She noted that, as part of effort to address gaps in the program, the ministry have commenced deployment of intervention within the program that will identify gaps including a nationwide enumeration exercise across the nation with the objective of verifying the existing data.
Sadiya Farouk, commended Governor Badaru Abubakar for his support which led to the success of the program.
Usman Mohammed Zaria