Kano state government north western Nigeria has expended over N419m to freely feed more than 930 thousand less privileged persons in the state in the ongoing Ramadan fasting period being observed by Muslims.
The state government released over N308m while the local government contributed more than N110m.
The cooked meals are distributed in about 186 centers across the 44 local governments in the state
The state Chairman Supervisory committee for the Ramadan and also the state commissioner for information, Mohammed Garba said “the programme was designed to ensure that the less privileged gets fed during the 30 days fasting period.”
He said the committee had ensured quality, quantity, neatness, prompt distribution of the food, which is graded between 70 and 99 percent in most of the centers.
He said challenges in the food supply chain have been corrected, stressing that there is high improvement in the 2017 feeding programme as 10 new centres were added.
Garba said at the end of the exercise the best local government would be awarded.
He called on wealthy individuals to support the Ramadan free feeding programme by donating food or opening their own centers to cater for the less privileged.