By Mosunmola Ayobami,Kwara
Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Tuesday said his administration is working hard to enrol the state in the club of states benefitting from the National Home-grown School Feeding Programme.
The scheme begins in January in the state.
The governor, who spoke in Ilorin at the hand-over ceremony of the feeding utensils to the state focal person, Hajia Bashirah AbdulRazaq by officials of the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development that coordinates the scheme, said the project represents another milestone in the administration’s catalogue of achievements.
Represented at the event by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Prof. Mamman Saba Jibril, AbdulRazaq said his government had to relaunch the implementation committee for the programme in 2019 because the former administration failed to do it.
He said the programme will reduce malnutrition, improve school enrollment and boost the state’s economy.
The governor commended the Federal Government and the state agencies for their commitment.
Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiyyah Umar Faruq was represented by Mrs. Sefiyat Sanni.
Mrs. Sefiyat Sanni, who stood in for the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, said the programme is designed to address poverty, boost school enrollment, nutrition and economic activities across the nation.
She said the ministry has deployed technology-supported monitoring systems to enable it know how the programme is being implemented and the areas that need intervention and amendment.
Sanni, thereafter, led her team to Government House, Ilorin on a courtesy visit, where he told Governor AbdulRazaq that the ministry was impressed by how the state is efficiently handling the Federal Government’s conditional cash transfer in the state.
She cited how AbdulRazaq came to the aid of the Agidingbi women, a community in Irepodun Local Government that used their cash transfer money to build a school for their children.
Mrs. Bashirah AbdulRazaq, the state focal person for the project, said the handover of the utensils to the state is a clear demonstration that the state is now enrolled for the scheme.
She thanked the governor for facilitating the inclusion of Kwara, describing it as a befitting platform to enrich the health of the school pupils and create employment opportunities for thousands of youth and women.