FG set to start school feeding programme in Kwara – Official

The Federal Government says it is to start school feeding programme in Kwara within the next few weeks.

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Hajiya -Farooq, gave the assurance on Friday in Ilorin after the inspection of some of the Local Government Education Authorities and schools to benefit the programme.

The minister, who was represented by the Special Assistant to the President on Social Investment Programme (NSIP), Dr Nasiru Mahmud, said that the assessment done has revealed that the state was to start the programme.

”So far what we seen and heard discussions we had, we seen a lot and we are happy with what we seen.

”We believe Kwara state will soon start the implementation of programme, there are few issues but we will sit with the state representatives, give them our advices and take our recommendations back to Abuja.

their end in Kwara and our end in Abuja, we will fine tune things and in the next few weeks, Kwara will be on board,” Umar-Farooq said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the team visited Ilorin Local Government Education Authority, Al-Adabiy LGEA School and Asa Local Government Education Authority.

They had an interactive session with the Education of the local governments, School Based Management Committees(SBMC) members, representatives of the prospective cooks and some students.

Hajia Bashirat Abdulrazaq, the state NSIP Focal , said the state had done its part to get everything implementation of the programme.

”At stage, we are ready though we cannot shy away from the fact that they will one or two things they want us to add up, and we will start paying attention to them immediately.

”So, in the next few weeks, just as Dr Mahmud has said, we will join other states in feeding our pupils,” Mrs Abdulrazaq said.

The prospective cooks, on their part, thanked the federal government opportunity given to them to provide foods students.

They called on the ministry to hasten the process immediate start of the programme as they were eager to start cooking students.

Speaking on their behalf, Mrs Kasirat Ibraheem, said they were ready to start has they had already gone through all the processes outlined for them, including medical check ups to ascertain their health status.

One of the students at Asa LGEA School, Miss Aisha Abdulganiy, said they were already anticipating the start of the programme as it would be a relief for their parents.

NAN reports that over 1,500 public primary schools have identified and over 96,000 pupils of primary one to three spread across the 16 local government areas of the state will benefit.

NAN also reports that over 1,947 cooks had trained and engaged for the programme, but subject to periodic . (NAN)