Several months after it was abandoned largely due to inability of funds, the Kaduna School Feeding Program has been discontinued, Per Second News learnt.

Governor El rufai
Governor El rufai
The program was a key campaign promise of the All Progressives Congress (APC) government.

Reports in Kaduna indicate that the project has fallen victim to the economic recession and its rollout delayed after it received a smaller budget than it had envisaged.

Governor El rufai last year told state lawmakers that the program which began in January 2016 and was providing a meal every school day to 2.1 million children in public primary schools had to be stopped because the federal government has not reimbursed the state with matching grant as promised.

“The original plan was that the FG, through the vice president’s office, would reimburse the state for the feeding of pupils in primary 1 to primary 3, but the federal government has not done its part.”

According to the governor, the sum of N1.1 billion was spent in seven months with claims that the project attracted a huge influx of additional pupils into the public school system that was not in its original plans.

An official of the state government speaking under the condition of anonymity said that the program would soon be revived as the state

government was at the final stage of sorting out with the Office of the Vice President on the issue of reimbursement on the school feeding program.