The Federal Government’s Home Grown School Feeding Programme which commenced in Kaduna state in July is projected to feed 800,000 pupils at the rate of N70 per meal.
A director in the State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, John Gora,who oversees the programme told NAN on Monday in Kaduna.
According to him, the government will spend about N56 million daily, N280 million a week and N1.1 billion every month in feeding pupils.
The director said that out of the 20,146 vendor shortlisted for the programme, only 9,000 would participate.
“Based on the arrangement, the federal government will feed primary one to three pupils, while the state government will feed primary four to six pupils.
“However if you remember, in 2016, when the programme was implemented in the state, the state government fed all the pupils from primary one to primary six at the cost of over N10 billion.
“It shouldered the responsibility of the federal government on the agreement that the federal government would refund to the state the amount it spent on feeding primary one to three pupils.
“The amount was about seven billion and so far, the federal government has refunded N3.5 billion to the state.”
Gora said that as soon as the federal government refund the remaining balance, the state would commence the feeding of primary 4-6 pupils.