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States To Adopt Osun’s School Feeding Template

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Posted: Jul 15, 2016 at 4:25 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Gbenga Faturoti

Osogbo – Representatives of various states who converged on Osun State for a three-day study of the school feeding programme, have commended Governor rauf Aregbesola’s ‘ingenious methods’ in executing the policy, and, at the end of the training study vowed to follow the template used in Osun.

The states concluded that the Government of Osun has set a good example for the implementation of the nationwide school feeding programme advocated by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) government.

Speakers at the symposium commended Aregbesola for identifying school feeding as an opportunity for social welfare and an instrument for strengthening Nigeria’s economy.

Mrs. Abimbola Adesanya, coordinator of the National Home Grown School Feeding programme, led the team to understudy Osun State’s school feeding programme (O’ Meals).

Adesanya described the template as ingenious because of its dynamic nature.

“The National Home Grown School Feeding programme is part of government’s effort to uplift indigent out of poverty in the country.

“Our coming to Osun was basically to have an insight into the synergy within the government structure in running the programme, the strength and challenges involved.

“The programme is for the people and it has transformed the state’s education and economic activities,” Adesanya said.

In the same vein, Mrs. Folashade Adekunle, representative of Oyo State, giving her commendation on the programme, said, “We have learnt so many things and we are going back to our state to implement; we are going to see how this thing can fit into our state. We will sit down to see how this thing will work in our state.

“The trip to Osun has helped us, we are grateful for this and we want to say thank you to the National team.”

The governor said social investment on the youth, particularly schoolchildren, was necessary to eradicate poverty in society.

He noted that more than half of the population of the country lives in abject poverty, therefore, government must get the school feeding programme right.

“Corruption is one of the causes of poverty. This is why there is increase in survival tendencies.

“We must fight, check or attenuate corruption, before its corrosive effect ruins the nation.

“If the Federal Government gets this national feeding programme right, we will be back on the right track,” Aregbesola said.