Senator representing the Southern Kaduna Senatorial District in the upper chambers, Senator Danjuma Laah, has slammed the free feeding programme flagged off by Kaduna State Governor, Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, for primary schools pupils in the state, as a misplaced priority and a political gimmick.
Senator Laah, who is the only member of the senate elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in North West Zone, stated this in a press statement made available to the newsmen in Kaduna yesterday.
Senator Laah described the project as a deliberate attempt by el-Rufai to score cheap political points.
He further argued that instead of the feeding programme, what was desirous among the teeming populace in the state is improvement of basic infrastructure in public schools, adding that the provision of free education for the citizens will go a long way in solving the poverty in the land.
Senator Laah, who is the Deputy Chairman Senate Committee on poverty alleviation, said there is no way the feeding programme can be sustainable in Kaduna state when the targeted pupils are about two million and are expected to be fed daily.
“This feeding programme is a political gimmick and I am not in support of it. I therefore called on the government to do the right things for our education system to move forward, instead of spending public resources on what is not tenable among the citizenry.
“This programme is unrealistic and there is a need to have a rethink on the project if the government is sincere of moving the state forward,” Senator Laah argued.

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