Nigeria: School Feeding – Kano School Enrollment Rises From 1.2 Million to 2.1 Million – Official


“Before, Kano had 1.2 million primary 1-3 pupils, but during our last annual school census the figure had increased to 2.1 million.”

The federal government’s school feeding programme has led to increased enrollment of primary 1-3 pupils from 1.2 million to 2.1 million in Kano state, according to the Ministry of Education.

Education Commissioner Muhammad Salisu-Kiru disclosed this at the third stakeholders’ meeting with the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme (NHGSFP) 2021 held at the ministry on Saturday, in Kano.

“Before, Kano had 1.2 million primary 1-3 pupils, but during our last annual school census the figure had increased to 2.1 million.

“I decided to constitute a committee to ensure that the new figure is validated and accepted by the Federal Government.

“The ministry has already sent delegates, including a consultant, on a validation of the new data to be submitted to the Federal Government,” he said.

Mr Kiru further explained that all the relevant stakeholders, including education secretary across the 44 local governments, Chairman, Community Promotion committee, Chairman SUBEB, among others, were involved in the conduct of the exercise.

He added that National Orientation Agency (NOA), National Population Commission, National Youth Service Corp (NYSC), UBEC and State Education boards for effective results would be involved in the next census exercise.

“I am very sure that after the exercise is conducted, Kano would have more the 2.1 million pupils, since it is a free and compulsory education.