Kano state government said it has earmarked the sum of N4.66 billion for feeding programme of its boarding school students, in the public secondary schools.
The state Commissioner for Education, Muhammad Sunusi Kiru, who made the disclosure while speaking with journalists in Kano, Tuesday, September 14, said exchanged primary school students and students under the exchange programme in Niamey Niger Republic were not included in the arrangement.
According to him, after the reviewing the feeding allowance to 1, 500 as against the former N1,300 price per student for 2020/21 section, the state government had to earmark N4.66 billion.
“We have secondary school boarding students and we give them feeding. And the N4.66bn is the cost for the year.
“So, this is the cost after review and due to the hike in foodstuff prices. We are also paying contractors (food vendors) for supplying the food.
“The old rate of the feeding allowance is 1,300 and now reviewed to 1,500 per student.
“This is excluding primary schools and our students under the exchange programme in Niamey, Niger Republic,” the Commissioner stated.
He, however, warned principals to provide quality meal to students, saying that government would not condone diversion of food items meant for the programme.