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Federal Government has said pupils’ biometric data capture would assist to enhance school feeding programmes and increase enrolment figures in the country.

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Faruq stated this at Gurungawa Primary School, Kano, on Tuesday, while flagging off the School Feeding Enumeration exercise.

Umar-Faruq was represented by her technical assistant, who was also the team leader of the exercise in Kano State, Mr Hashim Abubakar.

She said the ministry involved National Youth Service Corps members, National Orientation Agency, NOA, and staff of the National Bureau for Statistics, NBS, in the exercise with a view to having authentic data to work on.

The minister, therefore, urged local education authorities, teachers, parents and other stakeholders to ensure that every eligible pupil was captured during the exercise.

She explained that it was President Muhammadu Buhari who created the ministry with a view to enhancing the living condition of Nigerians.

According to her, the government initiated what is called National Social Investment Programme, N-SIP, which has four components to achieve the set goal.

She said the four components were the N-Power, Conditional Cash Transfer, CCT, Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme and the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme.

Umar-Faruq said that pupils from primary school one-to-three would be captured in all the public schools in the 36 states and FCT.

She also said that cooks would also be captured during the exercise.

The minister also reiterated the administration’s commitment to lifting Nigerians out of hardships through its social investment mechanisms to enable them to contribute to nation-building.

In his remarks, the state programme manager, Alhaji Abdullahi Yau commended the minister for initiating the exercise with a view to having accurate data of the beneficiaries.

He said 1.2 million children in the state were benefitting from the programme currently.

Yau however, said that with the launch of free and compulsory education, pupils enrollment has significantly increased.

Also, the programme focal person, Malam Baba Aminu-Zubairu, said that the state has over 2 million children that need to be captured now.

He urged teachers and parents to ensure that every eligible child was captured during the exercise.

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