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    N1.3bn debt: Schools’ feeding contractors to embark on strike -Official

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    Babatunde Akinsola
    Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

    The Kebbi Association of School Feeding Contractors has threatened to embark on an indefinite strike over non-payment of their money estimated at N1.3billion.

    The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the money was being owed the contractors since 2013 by the state government.
    The Secretary of the association, Alhaji Abubakar Chindo, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Birnin Kebbi on Friday, that the state government had failed to pay members of his association since July 2013.

    “The amount owed the contractors from July 2013 to February this year is N1.3billion and contractors have been handicapped and cannot feed the students without being paid”, he said.
    When contacted, the Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Samaila Ganda, told NAN that the ministry would negotiate with the contractors to resolve the matter.
    NAN reports that, Gov. Saidu Dakingari had approved the payment of N1.09 billion to the contractors handling the feeding of students in secondary schools in November 2013 to cover four months.
    He had expressed dismay over an increase in the number of students being fed in the schools but pledged to pay after verifying the claims

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