Kaduna State government said it will introduce a harmonised feeding system for all students in government boarding schools in order to monitor and control the quality of food served.
The Commissioner for Education, Dr. Shehu Usman, disclosed this while speaking to the media in Kaduna, yesterday.
Usman said the new feeding arrangement implies that the same meal will be served as breakfast, lunch and dinner, explaining that if students are to be served rice as lunch every boarding school under the control of the state will serve rice for lunch and it is in doing so that inspectors will be able to identify schools that serve sub-standard food.
“We introduced this formula because of reports of poor meals being served in schools which sometimes leads to health hazards. Governor Nasir el-Rufai has released some money to a committee that will carry out the harmonisation of the feeding system. They will prepare a menu for every term and schools must adhere strictly to it.
“We are not hiding the fact that education is one of the neglected aspects of the PDP administration in
the state, but we have to start from somewhere and because change is all about seeing results, we want to start by letting our students eat the best food that is available.
“The committee will also supervise suppliers of foodstuffs and any one found wanting will be disengaged because we don’t want them to supply food that you cannot give to your children at home,” he said.
The commissioner also confirmed that money has been released for the payment of students studying in various tertiary institutions. He, however, explained that before the payment is effected, the ministry of education in conjunction with the scholarship board will conduct a thorough biometric verification of students.
According to him, the report on his desk shows that like any other parastatal in the past 16 years of the PDP administration, there are a lot of fraud whereby beneficiaries do not get their allowances.

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