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Niger set to commence school feeding programme

By Isah Lapai, Minna

Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has directed the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology to kick start school feeding programme for primary school pupils in the state. 

According to him, the state will carry out a pilot scheme with a view to fully implement the feeding project in all primary schools across the state.

The governor gave the directive while hosting a team of education experts from Cambridge University, United Kingdom and MRL Public Sector Consultants on “Transforming Education in Niger State (TENS)”, a new education initiative by the state government.

“We benefited from such schemes when we were young. Ministry of Education, Science and Technology should embark on a pilot scheme to enable us capture all schools in the state,” the governor directed.

The Governor expressed his readiness to restore education standard in the state and lay solid foundation for it to attain global standard.

“Things started getting bad in the middle and late 90s. Our schools that used to function well went bad and now we are committed to seeing the sector restored. We strongly believe we can correct these lapses we met because this is the beginning of a new page in the sector.”

Earlier, the head of the Cambridge University team, Professor Colleen Mclauglin stressed on the need to re-introduce school feeding into public schools in the state, stressing that feeding programme is as important good learning environment.

She gave data analysis of the challenges to be expected from both the teachers and pupils and also on how transformation in education can be achieved. 

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