Malam Musa Daudu, Coordinator of the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme in Kaduna stated on Tuesday that meat and bread will be added to the menu of the programme in the state to improve the nutritional content of food served to the children.
Dauda also stated that the only source of protein are eggs and beans, bread will also be added in other to make the food rich in nutrition which is based on the menu currently.
The current menu was outlined stating the days and classes to be served; from primary one to three pupils gets MOI-MOI on Monday, rice and beans on Tuesday, beans on Wednesdays. rice and egg on Thursday and buiscuit and juice on Friday.
“We will also introduce bread to enrich the menu with food varieties for the good of the children.
“We have already written to the National Social Investment Office (NSIO), Abuja, and are awaiting approval,” Daudu said
The coordinator also described the programme as life changing as it improves the schools attendance and enrolment, adding that 12,376 cooks had been enlisted under the programme as food vendors, and so far about 1,069,140 primary one to primary three pupils in 3,922 public primary schools across the state are getting free meal at N70 per day under the programme.
“The programme is also empowering women with a source of livelihood that is changing their lives for good,’’He said.
Mrs Doris Simon one of the vendor at UBE Primary School, Bakon Kofa, also stated that the programme has helped her further her education.
“I wanted to further my education after I obtained a Grade II Teacher Certificate in 2003, I could not do so due to financial constraint. But now this programme has greatly empowered me.
“It has enabled me to secure admission to study for a National Certificate in Education at the National Teachers’ Institute. I will graduate this year,” Doris said.
Mrs. Keziah Akut, a vendor at Bondon Model Primary School, Kaura Local Government Area, and other vendors showed their appreciation to the Federal Government for empowering women through the programme, stating that most of them are widows who are unable to send their children to school due to lack of funds.
Source – https://www.today.ng/news/metro/school-feeding-kaduna-introduce-meat-bread-pupils-menu-220295