The Action Aid Nigeria PATS-F project on transparency and accountability international monitoring group on Monday adjudged Niger State as the best in school feeding programme.
This rating, according to the organisation, follows the state’s sustenance of food quality and hygienic nature since the inception of the initiative by the Federal Government.
This appraisal was made by the Action Aid Nigeria PATS-F project on transparency and accountability supported by the MacArthur Foundation during a tour of schools benefiting from the Home Grown School Feeding Programme in the state.
The Coordinator, Action Aid, Kehinde Arowosegbe, said, “We have been to other states in Nigeria, we also visited South Africa but Niger State is currently placed among the best. Kaduna used to be the best in Nigeria but Niger State has taken over.
“Life is about competition, Kaduna State was leading few years back, Niger used to be backward but today it is now the best and I am sure we will learn and achieve more in Nigeria than we would in South Africa.”
The National Programme Manager, Mrs Abimbola Adesanmi, said at the opening ceremony of the National Level Exchange and Experience Sharing Meeting in Minna that about 10 million school pupils across the country were benefiting from the initiative.
In his remarks, Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State commended the Federal Government for the programme, adding that it had further encouraged more children to go to school.