Nasarawa State: Government spends N20 million on 29 schools' feeding programme

Gov. Umaru Tanko Al-Makura
Report reaching has it that food item worth N20million has been purchased by Nasarawa State Government to feed students in its 29 boarding secondary schools, this month.
According to the Commissioner for Education, Aliyu Tijjani , who made the disclosure on Wednesday in Lafia, during a meeting with the state chapter of the Parents Teachers Association, principals and PTA officials have been co-opted into the procurement team.
“We involved the PTA officials to ensure transparency and accountability; we particularly wanted to be sure that quality is not compromised, ” he said.

Expressing optimism that parents’ presence on the procurement team would guarantee quality as their children were the end users, he however tasked the PTA to supervise the principals to guard against diversion of food items.
In his remarks, Alhaji Umaru Ebenya, the State PTA chairman, lauded government’s efforts, saying that the association would monitor the distribution of the items to the schools, and their judicious use.
The chairman, however, appealed to the state government to address the issue of percentage payment of teachers’ salaries and the provision of instructional materials, to promote optimal performance.
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