Zamfara spends N400m monthly on secondary schools feeding, says board chairman

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GUSAU – The Zamfara government, on Tuesday, says it spends N400 million monthly to feed the 192 secondary school students in the state.
The Executive Chairman of the state’s School Feeding Board, Alhaji Atiku Maradun, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gusau.
Maradun said the state government gave priority to secondary schools’ feeding as part of its efforts to improve secondary education in the state.
He added that the secondary school feeding programme had reduced the difficulties faced by parents in sponsoring their children in boarding schools and consequently increased the enrolment of students into secondary schools across the 147 wards in the state.
The chairman said the Board had set up six committees, each headed by the six permanent members of the board, in its efforts to ensure effective monitoring of feeding in boarding and day secondary schools.
He said “the main duties of these committees are to ensure constant supervision of feeding in schools across the state, supply of items and good hygiene during preparation of food.
“The board is giving students in boarding schools three meals a day and one meal as breakfast for day students.’’
Maradun explained that the feeding programme included chicken and fruits three times in a week, toilet soap and washing soap, as well as tissue paper once in a week in order to improve students’ hygiene.
He commended the efforts of the feeding committees, the principals, as well as the contractors involved in the exercise, and urged them to maintain the good work.
He also commended the state government for the support, cooperation and encouragement given to the board, and urged parents to continue to enroll their children in schools. (NAN)

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