The Minister, Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq, on Wednesday, announced the exercise open at training for federal and zonal officers held in Kano.
Represented by the Special Assistant to the President on National Investment Programme, Muhammad Nasiru Mahmoud, the minister said while Nigeria records over 10 million beneficiaries across the 36 states, several 1,225,804 pupils in Kano are currently under the homegrown school feeding program aimed at recognizing the socio-economic imbalance in Nigeria through the National School Homegrown Feeding Programme.
She said with children prone to infections, especially parasites, no matter how well a child is fed, the ministry in partnership with the Ministry of Health came up with the initiative to deworm all the children under school feeding to ensure the effectiveness of the program.
On his part, the focal person, National Social Investment Programme in Kano, Baba Aminu Zubair, stated that at the beginning of the program, the number of enrollment was not so high because people were not aware but, when people saw the benefit, the numbers had improved in multitude.
“In addition, the state government is also feeding from primary four to six in the schools. From the last school census we had, we have an increase of over 700,000 pupils currently we are working with the National Bureau for Statistics to see that this number has been translated into the program so that they will also benefit,” he said.