The Kaduna State Coordinator of the National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme, Malam Musa Daudu, said that meat and bread would be added to the menu of the programme in the state.

Daudu told the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna on Tuesday that the measure was to boost the nutritional content of the food being served to the children under the programme.

In the menu, primary one to primary three pupils get beans pudding (Moin Moin) on Monday, rice and beans on Tuesday, beans on Wednesday, rice and egg on Thursday, and biscuit and juice on Friday.

Dauda said that based on the current menu, the only sources of rich protein were beans and eggs, adding that meat would be added to make the food nutritionally rich.

“We will also introduce bread to enrich the menu for the good of the children.

“We have already written to the National Social Investment Office, Abuja, and are awaiting approval,” he said.

The coordinator said that at the moment, 1,069,140 primary one to primary three pupils in 3,922 public primary schools across the state are getting free meal at N70 per day under the programme.

Dauda, who is the Director, Higher Education in the state Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, added that 12,376 cooks had been engaged under the programme as food vendors.