Over N8 billion spent on Kaduna School Feeding Programme in 2016
On Friday, the government of Kaduna State stated that it has spent over N8 billion on the school feeding within the first eight months of the programme in 2016.
Andrew Nok, who is the state’s Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, made this known during an inauguration of an e-library at the Queen Amina College, Kaduna.
The Library was built and fully equipped by the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC).
Mr Nok stated that the price of feeding one student is N100, which was increased from the earlier price of N50, all in the efforts to make sure that every students were all properly fed.
“We are working tirelessly to make sure that the feeding programme is resumed.
“The current arrangement stand at, the Federal Government will feed students from primary 1 – 3, while the state government will feed students from primary 4 – 6,” he stated.
The government of the State began the feeding programme for schools in January 2016 at the cost N1.1 billion per month.
The Federal government promised the state that it would give back 60% of the amount that is spent on feeding primary one to three pupils.
However, the state government stopped the programme after a period of eight months, after the Federal government failed to reimburse the state as agreed.
The commissioner further stated that the Kaduna State government is at the moment working on upgrading, renovating and turning a total of secondary schools into complete boarding schools.
Some schools which is to be transformed were listed as, Rimi College Kaduna, Government College Kachia, Government College Saminaka, Government Girls College Zankwa and Government Girls College Kwai among others.
He also noted that the renovation currently ongoing at the Queen Amina College will cost the sum of N600 million, while furniture and beds with mattresses would cost N300 million and N150 million respectively across the 15 schools.