A total of 72,000 jobs have been created under the Kaduna State Government’s School Feeding Programme introduced in January, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Dr Shehu Adamu, has said.
According to him, 18,000 food vendors were employed across the state, who in turn hired about three additional hands each, amounting to 72,000 jobs created under the scheme. He also said that over N311 million is injected into the economy every week as payment to the vendors.
“What people see is the food being served to the pupils, but the programme goes beyond just feeding the child.
“Yes the child will stay healthy because the meal will increase his nutrition and enhance his immunity for healthy living.
“It improves parents saving margin as it takes away their burden of providing a meal to the child, improve enrolment and retention,” he said.
He assured that the administration had put in measures to sustain the feeding programme for the remaining years of its tenure.
The commissioner advised critics of the programme to focus on its positive values, rather than sentiment.