The focal person for National Social Investment programmes in Kano state Alhaji Baba Aminu Zubairu hinted that the state sought the approval of the Federal Government to enroll additional 700,000 pupils into the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSF).
ALL IN ONE reports that Mr Zubairu said presently, Kano state is feeding 1,225,804 primary 1-3 pupils in public school under the Programme.
He revealed this on Wednesday at the opening of a training of trainers for the implementation of the national deworming and school feeding programme.
He noted that the school feeding programme had increased pupils enrolment and contributed to the success of the state government’s policy on free and compulsory education.
Alhaji Baba Aminu Zubairu
He added that the state government has introduced its own school feeding programme for pupils in Primary Four to Primary Six.
“According to census conducted recently, there is an increase of about 700,000 pupils in the state, the number has now increased to more than two million.
“Currently we are working with National Bureau of statistics to ensure this number has been added into the school feeding programme register,” Mr Zubairu said.
In her address the minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, said the Federal Government is poised to deworm 10 million primary school pupils enrolled into the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSF).
She said the deworming is designed to boost the health status of the pupils.
According to her the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development will conduct the deworming.
The minister said the exercise would be implemented in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health.
She was represented by the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Social Investment Programme (NSIP), Dr Muhammad Nasiru Mahmud.
Dr Muhammad Nasiru Mahmud.
The minister noted that President Buhari introduced the NSIP, which also encompassed the NHGSF to boost pupils’ enrolment and to boost nutrition.
“More than 10 million children are being fed under the programme nationwide. More than 1.2 million of them are in Kano State.
“No matter how you feed the children, if they have worms, they will be sharing the food with the worms, hence the need to deworm them,’’ he said.