Kaduna state government has commissioned the free feeding programme for primary school pupils in the state.
The state governor, Nasiru El-Rufai while commissioning the programme said the free meals which would be given to about 1.5 million pupils would also create jobs for over 17,000 people within the state.
According to the governor, the vendors that will serve the meals in the schools were drawn from the 255 wards across the State and formed into cooperative societies.
“This programme was designed to improve on education and nutrition, to boost the economy at the grassroots by involving people at the community levels and to also expand the market for farmers in the state,” he said.
The governor therefore urged all those involved in the programme to discharge their duties with commitment, transparency and accountability as a monitoring team has been put in place to review and provide observation and recommendations on the programme at the school level.
He explained that even though the programme is bound to face some challenges, he expects such problems to be swiftly addressed within governing methods of continuous improvement.