From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi
The Bauchi state Governor’s wife, Hajiya Hadiza Mohammed Abubakar has donated about 40, 000 pieces of uniforms and aprons to the women engaged as cooks under the Home Grown School Feeding Programme in the state.
Speaking while flagging off the distribution of the materials at the government house, yesterday the governor’s wife explained that 5, 005 cooks would be given the aprons and uniforms free of charge adding that the gesture was for security, hygiene and identification purposes.
She noted that the school feeding program has since its implementation contributed immensely towards the increase of children’s enrollment, retention in schools, improved child nutrition, domestic agricultural production and provided jobs to numerous jobless women in the state.
Hadiza, therefore expressed appreciation to the federal government for disbursing funds to the state for the feeding even as the governor’s wife also urged the cooks to reciprocate by being honest in discharging their duties.
Also speaking, the Special Assistant to the state governor on Social Investment Programs Alhaji Mansur Manu Soro disclosed that over 500, 000 pupils were being fed in all the identified schools across the state saying the federal government had disbursed funds for the program for 20 school days as against other states that were paid for only 10 days.