Nasarawa State Government has provided and distributed food items worth#29m to 29 boarding secondary Schools across the state.
The State Commissioner for Education Science and Technology,
Hajia Fati Jimaita Sabo announced this to newsmen after flagging off the distribution exercise at Government Science Secondary School, Lafia, Tuesday.
According to the Commissioner, the feeding of students in public boarding schools as part of the government’s free education policy which started in 2014.
“We spend#29m every month in feeding students in 29 boarding secondary Schools in the state,
Hajia Fatu said at the end of every month we buy assorted food items such as rice,
maize beans, yams, Maggi and palm oil among others for distribution to schools for feeding of the students.
The commissioner noted that the feeding of students will cushion the effect of the harsh economic situation and reduce the burden on parents.
The commissioner added that the ministry has put in machinery in place to guard against diversion of the food item just as
she warned all school principals against compromising government efforts in free education.
Speaking on behalf of the benefiting schools, Usman Baba Saidu, principal,
Government science school Lafia acknowledged improvement in the quality and quantity of food supply and promised to utilize them judiciously.
On their part, the Head Boy and Girl of Glass Lafia thanked the state government for the gesture saying it will go a long way in boosting their academic performance.
In another development, the commissioner was at the Technology incubation center Lafia office,
where she was received by the manager, Engr Hussain Alumbugu.
The Commissioner and her entourage who were taken round the workshops
expressed appreciation with what she saw on the ground, calling on the public to patronize the products to encourage locally made products.
Similarly, the Commissioner had stopped over at the e-library to monitor the ongoing
JAMB registration where she encouraged the center to upgrade its CBT facilities to meet the desired standard.