The Focal Person, Gombe State Social Investment Project, Hajiya Maryam Isah Mele stated during the official flag-off of the programme that it is part of the 500 billion naira funded social investment programme announced by the Federal government to tackle poverty and improve the health and education of children in the country.
She said that in Gombe state, vendors have been sufficiently trained on health, sanitation and hygiene program before implementation of the programme in the state.
According to her, “A total of 197 million naira was paid to 2,809 duly verified vendors to provide services to 286,000 pupils at 70 naira each”.
She added that, “The vendors are to cook meals using a timetable agreed by stakeholders in the programme while ensuring that the budget is pocket friendly. An aggregating system will ensure provision of food products at discounted prices to ensure equality, standard and compliance with unnecessary price increase in the market”.
Also speaking, the wife of the State Governor Hajiya Adama Dankwambo commended the Federal Government for initiating the programme.
She said, “It is a known fact that education is the bedrock of any development and to be able to attain the standard of education required, we must be able to surmount all obstacles militating against education.
“I believe this historic event is one of such areas where milestone efforts and results will be achieved in our quest for educational development”, the First Lady said.